I enjoyed reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time because the author, Mark Haddon, used such an engaging writing style. The use of the first person for the narrator allowed the readers to connect with the main character at a deep level and to understand his disease of Asperger's Syndrome. This point of view encourages the reader to empathize with the character and to experience his overwhelming mix of emotions. In addition, the use of graphics and illustrations was an interesting way of portraying how Christopher thinks. Lastly, the book being written in first person had both advantages and disadvantages.
The book was engaging being written from the point of view of an autistic teenager because it allowed the reader to get a better picture of how Christopher sees things in the world. This point of view opens our eyes to the many challenges that an autistic teenager like Christopher faces in daily life. For example on page 3, Christopher says he cannot say what the ideograms like "Surprised" or "Confused" mean. This is an example of his inability to interpret emotions. The book being written in first person allows the reader to understand the protagonist better and to empathize on deeper level. The first person narration makes the text more realistic and it allows you to understand the attitudes, the behaviours, and the personality of an autistic teen. For example on page on page 46 Christopher lists his behavioural problems like screaming when he is angry or confused or not talking to people for a long time. The use of illustrations and graphics was very effective. Rarely do you find do you find illustrations and graphics in a novel that illustrate what a person sees and thinks. For example on page 35 he draws a blueprint of Randolph Street of the house's he will visit for his investigation and he labels certain things like "Mrs. Shears house" because he likes things in order it makes him feel more secure or safe especially since he doesn't...
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