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3 R Response – The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time By Mark Haddon

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Retelling
The novel, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” is narrated by a 15 year old boy with a form of autism named Christopher Boone. It is about his search for order and stability in his life and how he copes with situations that lack this. At the beginning of the story, Christopher discovers that his neighbour’s dog, named Wellington, has been murdered. He decides to get to the bottom of this and solve the mystery of Wellington’s murderer while writing a murder mystery novel about it. As he begins to investigate the neighbourhood, Christopher’s dad discovers the book and confiscates it. While looking for his book, Christopher stumbles upon a box in his fathers closet ...view middle of the document...

This may make him quite different from me, but he is a very logical thinker which is similar to how my mind works. Christopher likes things that have definite results which is why he loves math and science. In fact, he is extremely intelligent and was able to achieve an A in his A level maths test. This is similar to me because I enjoy things that have only one answer such as math and science. In fact, my favourite subject in school is math and this is simply because there is always one answer to each question. Aside from this, Christopher likes to make and follow schedules and daily plans. To make his life as convenient as possible, he creates an extremely detailed timetable for Monday that is illustrated in the book. It is very precise and incorporates everything he expects to do. The reason for his love of timetables and scheduling appears to come from his dislike of surprises and things without answers. As soon as new things appear, he finds it increasingly difficult to restart things in his mind. This relates to me because I am extremely dependant on schedules. I create them daily to track what I need to do and this helps me get them done. Schedules help me fill the emptiness I feel when I am not sure what I will be doing the next day. I do not like when things interfere with my plans much like Chrisopher would rather follow his daily schedules. Moreover, Chrisopher is stopped by Mrs. Alexander to chat, but he finds this to be completely pointless since it will not benefit or help him in any way. Also, there is no true end to social interaction since it can go on for as long as the people want it too which makes it an unfavourable thing for Christopher to take part in. This is simlar to me because sometimes I find myself thinking about how much time I waste talking about things that are generally pointless. It makes me realize that chatting is solely for the purpose of social interaction and does not actually help me in other ways. Christopher and I have very similar minds and I feel like I relate to him very well. While reading this book from his point of view, I was able to connect with him on a high level since I found many similarities between us.

Reflecting
After reading this novel, I have been able to see the world in a different perspective – one of a 15 year old autistic boy named Christopher Boone. I was able to observe...

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