The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon explains how Christopher tries to make the world around him as predictable as possible to limit the over-loading of information in to his brain. What Christopher doesn’t realize is that everyone is different and can act unpredictably. Because Christopher suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, his brain cannot process too much information and to try and prevent this, Christopher lives by rules and obligations and “likes things to be in a nice order.” Some of his rules are how he determines strangers are safe and how he only eats foods that aren’t touching on the plate. Despite all his rules, he soon experiences the unpredictability and complicated structure of life, especially concerning human relationships. Christopher tries to control his world, the variables in life and his environment by living with a code that he follows with discipline and loyalty. The rules that Christopher makes consists of not having “one sort of food touching another sort” on the plate, having a strict process to determine if someone is safe and not liking things changed/moved. The strict process that Christopher follows to get to know someone involves asking “them questions about themselves, like whether they have pets and what is their favourite colour and what do they know about the Apollo space missions.” Although in reality, this is not the natural method that most of us partake upon meeting someone, to Christopher, his process makes perfect sense. Furthermore, to control his world Christopher likes everything around him to remain the same and not change. Just like many of his methods, this seems a little drastic, but “getting cross when someone has moved the furniture” and doing the same things over and over allows for Christopher to have a certain normality in life that all of us have in different ways. All these ritualistic behaviours are consistent with an Asperger’s sufferer and in some aspects Christopher does do...
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