A Curious Incident Of The Dog

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Mark Haddon’s A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a mystery/bildungsroman novel, and Sophie Laguna’s The Eye of the Sheep, a family drama/bildungsroman novel, explore the way certain factors can affect an individual’s growth within a familial environment through similar themes exhibited in both novels. Haddon and Laguna show their main characters Christopher and Jimmy growing up within a dysfunctional family in 20th century Swindon and Melbourne, where each main character in their respective novel suffer from a mild case of autism, Christopher in particular, Asperger’s Syndrome. An individual’s perception of reality directly impacts the development of their growth and sense of self, and their understanding within familial relationships. In each novel, regardless of the protagonists’ different perceptions of reality, a sense of self is established as each individual’s mindset develops throughout both novels. In A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Christopher’s unique perception of the world around him due to his condition of Asperger’s Syndrome plays a major role in the development of his sense of self and his growth throughout the novel. In the beginning of the novel, Christopher is presented with a complication, the death of his neighbour’s dog Wellington. Due to his distinct way of perceiving ideas forced upon him, this leads him to uncover further aspects of his life that helps build his personal identity and contribute a dominant part to his

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