The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night

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Sam Hickory February 17, 2010 Hum/Eng.9 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time In the novel, the voice of Christopher is important because if it was told from a different perspective it would be difficult to understand what goes on in Christopher’s mind and what the traits of a person with autism are. If this story was told from the perspective of a different character for example, Christopher’s father, the story would mainly be about how his wife left him, how its hard to take care of a child with autism and would not include the death of Wellington. If he included all of this in his point of view in the story then it would be less entertaining and interesting to read. Then Mark Haddon’s purpose of showing the world what it is like to be autistic would not be accomplished. First of all, Christopher’s voice is important because if it was told from a different perspective it would be different to understand what Christopher is thinking and what the traits of a person with autism are. He tells his story the way he sees it. He also includes many details and descriptions of the people around him. For example, in the beginning of the story he mentions a descriptive image of Siobhan, he writes, “Siobhan has long blond hair and wears glasses which are made of green plastic” (5). Christopher does not understand figurative language because he takes everything very literal. In the beginning of the story, Christopher mentions an important detail about his novel, he writes,”this will not be a funny book. I cannot tell jokes because I do not understand them” (8). Throughout the story, Christopher mentions little details about himself like how he doesn’t like being touched, being in big crowds, and does not like strangers and will keep asking the same question over and over again until his question is

Alexus Martinez February 17, 2010 Hum/Eng.9 answered. As you can see, these little details help interpret what the traits are to a person with autism. Christopher...
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