The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
By Mark Haddon
‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’ by Mark Haddon is a story about a 15 year old boy who discovers the dead body of his neighbour’s dog and sets out to uncover the murder. Mark Haddon uses Christopher, his main character to magnify the mystery and grab the reader’s attention. Mark gets the reader involved in this mystery novel. He has written this book in the first person through the eyes of Christopher a 15 year old autistic boy. This style of writing puts the reader in Christopher’s shoes; because of this readers are able to feel his emotions, anger and frustration. Mark Haddon also magnifies the mystery by using the characters personality to keep you interested, thinking and guessing. Christopher has autism and is a mathematical genius. Being autistic makes him see things in a different way; in a much simpler way, and without emotion. The reader is left to feel and empathise for Christopher who wants to find some order. Mark also magnifies the mystery by slowly revealing clues using the other characters and their interactions with Christopher. An example of this is when Ed his dad blurts out everything about the dog and his mum. This makes you feel like you are closer to unraveling all the clues and makes you keep reading on to see what happens; as there is more than one mystery in the book. We are introduced to the other characters of the novel through Christopher’s eyes, we then get to know them and how they help reveal other parts of Christopher’s character. Each character brings out something different from Christopher which brings out different emotions with the readers. Mark Haddon uses Christopher’s eccentric, intriguing character as his main way to magnify the mystery in this novel.
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