The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Super Good Days, Good Days, Quite Good Days and Black days, depend on how many cars in a row and what colour they are, for Christopher John Francis Boone. Christopher, aged 15 years and 3 months and 2 days, is different from other boys and girls his age. He knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and although he is gifted with a superbly logical brain, he is autistic. The key brilliance to Mark Haddon’s book, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’, is the method in which Christopher’s autism is communicated. Though autism is not something funny but more serious, Haddon still manages to integrate humour and emotion into his writing. This essay will discuss the ways in which Haddon portrays Christopher’s autism, using three of the main ways in which it is communicated throughout the novel. They are: the language that Christopher uses, the emotions and feelings that he has in general and for others, and his likes and dislikes, all conveyed when Christopher is writing his murder mystery story. His language can be viewed when he talks to others and when he writes in his book about the things that happened. One of the best aspects Christopher’s autism is portrayed in is his writing language; its structure and depth tells us a great deal about the challenges an autistic child has when something goes or happens out of order. Haddon writes his book as though Christopher is the author of it; this lets us observe how autism affects his structure of writing. When Christopher writes, he writes short, concise, and to the point sentences but still conveys everything in full detail (either by using ‘and’ extensively in a sentence or writing several sentences until everything is described.) This quote is very supportive of this idea as it tells us a great deal about Christopher’s use of written language and about his dilemma of understanding emotion; “Mother died 2 years ago.

I came home from school one day and no one answered the door...” *¹ Instead...
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