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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
‘Because the story is narrated from Christopher's point of view, we learn little about other characters.' Do you agree?
‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime' is all about perspective. Although Mark Haddon does not specifically relate to readers that Christopher, the main protagonist and narrator of the text suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, the text explores how the fifteen-year-old teenager views the people and events which surround him. Taking this disability into account and as readers explore the text, readers realise that the unreliable narration of the first-person perspective is made even more skewed because of how differently Christopher views things, so much so that even learning about the true nature and motivations of his father Ed and mother Judy's actions are threatened. However, this is not quite the case, seeing that more discerning readers are able to interpret the matters of the heart and mind more easily than Christopher. Christopher's perception and view on people and events in life becomes somewhat limited simply because he suffers from Asperger's Syndrome. Whilst viewing the world in which Christopher learns to adapt to from one person's perspective, that is, Christopher's, is questionable, the narration tends to become even more unreliable because he does what he calls and accuses others of doing ‘glancing'. Christopher accusers others of not really seeing something that is there and seems to relish in the certainty of the knowledge in which he has set for himself that just like his role model ‘Sherlock Holmes', who is able to ‘detach his mind at will' from the events before him, he also can ‘detach his mind' at will in order to stay detached and to stop the ‘hurting inside (his) head'. However, from the reader's perspective, Christopher is in fact ‘just being observant' and being the more discerning viewers, readers are able to distinguish the deception, motivations and......
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