The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time Analysis Essay

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Ireneo Sanchez

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time theme analysis essay. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time, a novel written by English novelist Mark Haddon is a novel that revolves around the adventure of Christopher Boone and his effort to solve the mystery of the murder of Wellington. The novel presents the theme of difference by the use of traditional narrative conventions. The conventions includes characterization of Christopher,the use of language in the novel, the unusual layout or structure of the novel and the use of symbolism to simplify complicated ideas are only a few of the conventions used in the novel. These four conventions are just a few of the many conventions that works together to present the them of difference. Characterisation, language, layout structure and symbolism presents difference in the novel. Difference is not only a particular theme but is also an issue that Christopher has to go through everyday. The theme of difference is presented effectively by the narrative convention, language. The novel uses language cleverly to set itself apart from other novels this giving the feeling of difference. This is because the language of the novel is based on the observation and words of Christopher. Its not often that a novel is written in a boy with autismʼs point of view. Even though the language is different from other novels readers will tend to feel related to the novel because the same conventions and techniques are used by Mark Haddon to write the novel. This feature of the novel shows readers that while it is still different, it can still be similar to other novels as well. The difference in language used in this novel also lets the readers be in Christopherʼs foot as an autistic boy in the world of “normal” people. Also the excessive use of the word ʻandʼ says a lot about Christopher and his ability to imagine. This is also because of the fact that Christopher is not the most experienced writer around so what happens to him is what he writes in the novel. Again this way Mark Haddon presents the theme difference using language through Christopherʼs language.The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time cleverly uses language to clearly present the theme of difference yet the novel still is similar to other novels which tells me that difference is not a barrier to be brilliant. Mark Haddonʼs novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time uses characterization to present difference to its readers. Christopherʼs character in particular presents difference well because he is the protagonist and it is where Mark Haddon focused his story in. Christopherʼs character is different. Its different because unlike other people Christopher cannot imagine as much as others can and also he canʼt recognise the mood of other people. In fact Siobhan, Christopherʼs ʻmentorʼ even drew faces for him which Christopher shows his readers in chapter two. This is not the only thing that differs him from others one in particular is the way he systematically organizes his life into patterns and numbers. For example he judges how his day will go from the number of red cars like if he sees 5 in a row it is a very good day. His great ability to comprehend mathematical problems might be the reason for this. Also his ability to learn quickly makes him to thrive for more knowledge and what he finds interesting ʻnormalʼ people finds pointless and vice versa. This sets him apart from other people like how Christopher finds ʻchattingʼ pointless. This feature makes Christopher sort of an outsider. Another example of how Christopherʼs character presents the theme difference. In some part of the novel even Christopher sets himself apart from others like in chapter 71 page 56 Christopher points out his difference by saying “All the other kids in my school are stupid. Except Im not suppose to call them stupid” this means all of his school mates are different from him because they are all stupid and...
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