The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime Psychological Analysis

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The narrator of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Christopher John Francis Boone, is a 15-year old boy with autism. Mark Haddon does not directly make references to Christopher being affected by autism but instead describes Christopher’s experiences through everyday living along with the struggles he faces. Every individual with an Autism Spectrum disorder is unique and have different abilities and conditions (Autism Society Canada, 2016). Despite individuals having vastly different characteristics with this disorder, there is a strong negative stigma around the disorder that have caused the disorder, in some cases, to be viewed as a “source of disappointment, annoyance, [or] shame” (Sarris, 2015). Throughout The Curious Incident…show more content…
Christopher becomes quite irritated when experiencing sensory stimulation whether it be physical touch, visual overload, or a hypersensitivity to sounds. Because Christopher is negatively affected by physical stimuli, it is difficult for him to develop relationships with his family when they want to connect with him, or people in society when they unintentionally touch him without being aware of his condition. Haddon shapes the reader’s understanding of Christopher by providing information about Christopher that would not be available if it were not coming directly from Christopher’s thoughts. Excessive visual and auditory stimulus also causes Christopher to enter a state of distress where he is unable to communicate effectively with those around him; thus, making it difficult for him to remain in highly stimulating, social environments such as the grocery store for even short periods of time. This has a negative effect on his ability to socialize or make relationships in unfamiliar

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