In the novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, what can we learn from Christopher about the truth?

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In the novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, we can learn much from Christopher about the truth.  For a young man like Christopher with all the disabilities autism implies, deciding to find the truth is a major step.  He does his investigating and filing away the information gathered without really informing anyone.  He has to make a big decision about what to do with the answers he has found.  Should he confront his father?  Should he ignore the death of the dog?  Truth can be a double-edged sword in that one can lose much with the revelation of the truth.  Christopher has to confront what he might lose if he tells what he knows.  In our lives, we the readers face all the dilemmas Christopher would about telling truths, but without the same level of fear of abandonment or punishment which autism produces.  As the mother of an autistic son, her fear of revealing unpleasant truths would also produce the same anxiety Christopher feels or we would feel.  Yet, he makes the decision to face his father with his knowledge, and the truth comes out. 

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