Essay „Curious Incident of a dog in the nighttime“ - Mark Haddon
In the "Curious Incident of a dog in the nighttime" from "Mark Haddon", the author is trying to bring us nearer to the life of an autistic child by showing us his realm of thinking and behavior
Haddon creates in his book a story that actually stands more in the background. The story talks about the autistic ﬁfteen-year-old narrator, Christopher John Francis Boone, who ﬁnds the dog of a neighbour dead in the garden. He wants to ﬁnd out who killed the dog and wishes to write a book about it. He is standing in front of many problems to ﬁnd out what really happened, because his father doesn't like the idea that he is meddling in the business of others. In trying to ﬁnd his book his father took away from him, he ﬁnds letter from his mother, who seemed to be dead at the beginning when in actuality she is still alive. After that, he is convinced his father is a liar and the murderer of the dog, and he runs away to his mom in fear that his own dad wants to kill him. At the end of the book they are showing the difﬁculty to get conﬁdence back from an autistic child.
In the foreground is the behavior of the autistic Christopher Boone. Directly from the beginning we notice that something is different with Christopher Boone. The book never directly talks about autism, but several aspects let us know this.
The capitals in the book are counted as prime number; this language technique lets us directly go in the mind of Christopher Boone. His thinking is that prime numbers are acting like life: logical, but impossible to fully comprehend. This missing of comprehension of human being is lined throughout the whole book, for example that he has difﬁculty determining people’s emotions from their facial expressions, but he can name each country in the world, their capitals and every prime number up to 7057. Christopher recognizes his social limitations, and he focuses instead on the extraordinary intelligence he...
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