In the book, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," there is a story told within a story about a 15-year-old autistic boy that investigates in the murder of his neighbor's dog, Wellington. In the process of trying to find out who killed the dog, he finds the truth under the lies that his father has told him; all while discovering his independence. .
The author, Mark Haddon, uses character, tone, and imagery to portray autism in Christopher. Christopher is seeking to gain something everyone looks to find: independence. His condition prevents him from doing so. In the book, he refers to his condition as "Behavioral Problems," (Haddon p. 46). Christopher believes that He had trouble understanding people, being in new environments, and could never tell a lie. According to Mark Haddon (2003),.
I do not tell lies. Mother used to say that this was because I was a good person. But it is not because I was good person. It is because I can't tell lies. A lie is when you say something happened which didn't happen. But there is only ever one thing which happened at a particular time and a particular place. And there are an infinite number of things which didn't happen at that time and that place. And if I think about something which didn't happen I start thinking about all the other things which didn't happen. For example, this morning for breakfast I had Ready Brek and some hot raspberry milkshake. But if I say that I actually had Shreddies and a mug of tea I start thinking about thinking about Coco Pops and lemonade and porridge and Dr. Pepper and how I wasn't eating my breakfast in Egypt and there wasn't a rhinoceros in the room and Father wasn't wearing a diving and so on and even writing this makes me feel shaky and scared, like I do when I'm standing on the top of a very tall building and there are thousands of houses and cars and people below me and my head is so full of all these things and I'm afraid I'm going to forget to stand up straight and hang on the rail and I'm going to fall over and going to be killed.