Dog In The Nighttime

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“The Curious incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” by Mark Haddon clearly demonstrates rage aspects of a detective story. A ‘detective story’ has a defined plotline and components, such as evident an issue(s) at hand, and clues to aid solving the problem.
Here, we have the committed crime (Wellington’s murder), the (wrongly) accused- Mr. Shears, until proven otherwise- in which circumstantial evidence points towards him, clues provided through secondary and tertiary sources, as well as other information taken from the powers of observation (alike any detective). There is more than often a surprising denouement (aka plot twist) that answers a plethora of questions that have been built up over the course of the story. This surprise ending can also lead to more contradictions. In fact, there is more than one mystery given than the ‘Mystery of Wellington’, and that ties in the mystery of Christopher’s mother. Evidently, both of the given mysteries are seen very visibly obtaining the components of a detective story .

Firstly, the committed crime was the murder of Wellington- also how the book introduces the plotline of the story. This issue feeds the
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The plotline was a parallel to a detective story, where there was an issue at hand (the Murder of Wellington/the truth about Christopher’s mother), the wrongly accused (Mr. Shears), multiple bits of evidence scattered throughout the story, such as the triggered reactions of Christopher’s father, and a surprise ending; Ed Boone being the true suspect of Wellington’s murder, and Judy Boone (Christopher’s mother ) had been alive all this time. On another note, Christopher heftily compares his journey to The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle (71), a famous detective book- it makes you wonder if this was really the purpose of the story after
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