Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime Essay

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“Lots of things are mysteries. But that doesn't mean there isn't an answer to them. It's just that scientists haven't found the answer yet.” Christopher’s has a different mind set than many other ordinary people. Evidently, Christopher’s intellectual capabilities allow him to stand out from the normal crowd of people. He approaches his surroundings in an uncommon way.

The setting of the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time has a very specific mood and feeling to it. Firstly, the atmosphere of the novel is very relaxed and calm. The reason for this is because of the autistic narrator, Christopher. For this reason, he has trouble understanding other people, dealing with new environments, and making decisions when confronted with an overload of new information. Most of the story takes place in Christopher’s small and confined house. Being in this small space, Christopher feels protected and safe. This is because he has a tendency to essentially shut down, curling himself into a ball and trying to block out the world around him. For instance, he has difficulty going to places by himself. Furthermore, as Christopher walks around his shadowy neighborhood one day, he comes along Mrs.Shears’ garden where he finds a dead dog. Christopher quickly curls into a ball. This is because Christopher often finds solace in interacting with animals and displays great consternation when he sees them harmed. He engages with animals so readily because he finds them easier to understand than people. The setting of the novel succeeded in displaying the effects of an autistic child.

There are certain symbols in the novel that aid Christopher into feeling organized and confirmed. Christopher prefers being in compact and enclosed spaces. This shows that he likes order. Logic puzzles, math problems, and maps signify to Christopher the part of the world that is arranged and logical. Christopher uses these items as tools to organize his thinking, giving him a sense of...
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