The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time Summary

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Literary analysis of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time I think creative people are very different from others. They seem to live on a different planet, in a whole other universe. In his 2003 novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, in which he won the Whitbread book Awards for Best Novel and Book of the year, and the Commonwealth Writer`s Prize For Best First Book, the acclaimed British novelist Mark Haddon give us insights into the world told through the perspective of a gifted but socially awkward fifteen year old boy. The story takes place in the town of Swindon, England. Christopher Boone, the narrator of this revelatory novel, loves maths, eats red-but not yellow or brown foods and screams when touched.…show more content…
Although it`s not directly mentioned in the novel, Christopher does suffer from Asperger`s syndrome. Christopher expresses himself in a simple and straightforward way. He tends to take statements literally and he requires specific instructions in order to understand a command. He says, for example, that when people say “Be quiet” they don`t specify how long he should be quiet for. Christopher has troubles understanding facial expressions, for instance “raising an eyebrow” which as Siobhan explains can mean “I want to do sex with you” or “I think what you said was stupid” is a mystery to him. Another important theme is perception of reality. Christopher views the world in an orthodox way. He notices much more of what`s going on around him. He displays fascination with subjects that appear to him vastly greater in scope than human life, such as stars and the relation between time and space. He wonders why people believe in God. He tells us in Chapter 199 that “people believe in God because the world is very complicated and they think it is very unlikely that anything as complicated as a flying squirrel or the human eye or a brain could happen by chance.” Christopher feels most comfortable with what he thinks is logical like maths and
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