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Analysis Of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time By Mark Haddon

1802 words - 8 pages

Manesh Lalwani
American Lit
2013/12/19
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
In this book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time, Mark Haddon writes about Christopher John Francis Boone who is an autistic child. Throughout this story Christopher attempts to solve a murder case of his neighbor’s poodle. Christopher wakes up one day at seven minutes past midnight, and he notices the next-door neighbor’s dog laying on the ground. So he decides to go over and check out what happened, soon he found a garden fork sticking out of a dog named Wellington. Since Christopher likes murder mystery novels, he decided to write his own murder mystery novel starting with finding out what happened to Wellington. Throughout his attempt in solving the mystery of the murder of Wellington, several hidden secrets erupted and were revealed to Christopher.
Christopher is a very special fifteen-year-old, as he has Autism and he, does not like to be touched. Christopher also and dislikes the color yellow very much. However he likes the color red, and he believes that if he sees a number or red cars in order, then it will probably be a good day. Christopher likes prime numbers so each chapter is a prime number instead of being numerically ordered. Christopher only lives with his father as his mother has died two years ago. After his mother died, his neighbor Mrs. Shears used to come over to cook for them. She would also clean and organize the house for them. Christopher and his father never hug as he does not like being touched, however sometimes they let their hands meet and touch each other’s thumbs and fingers. Christopher does not actually like proper novels; instead he likes novels and books on math, science, and mystery novels. Christopher also has a good teacher named Siobhan, who he always talks to in school and asks questions. Commonly when Christopher is confused, he would go to Siobhan and ask her to explain questions or anything he’s confused on. Lastly Christopher also has a pet rat named Toby.
This story mainly takes place in Swindon, England at about 1998. Most of the story occurs in Christopher’s neighborhood; however other parts take place in different parts of Swindon Town, and London. Christopher lives with his father as his mother had died two years ago. It was midnight, and Christopher was in his house. He looked out the window, and noticed the dog named Wellington seemed to be lying down on the ground. So he decided to go out and check on his neighbor Mrs. Spears’s dog, after all he liked dogs. But when he got to the dog, he could see a garden fork sticking out of the dog.
Wellington had been murdered, but still Christopher decided to pick up the dog and hold it. After all Christopher loved dogs especially Wellington. During that time, his neighbor Mrs. Shears who owned the dog came out shouting and screaming. Soon the police arrived at the crime scene, the police man touched Christopher. However Christopher was autistic and...

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