The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

Task: Examine the techniques used by Mark Haddon to add to our understanding of the problems facing the central character, Christopher, due to Asperger’s Syndrome.

The novel “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time” by Mark Haddon is a very unique novel. It is unique in many ways as it’s written through the eyes of someone with Aspegers Syndrome and this condition is explored throughout the novel. The novel is about a fifteen year old boy called Christopher who has Aspegers Syndrome. This condition doesn’t allow him to understand things the way people without this condition would. The novel shoes how Christopher grows up, some of the experiences he goes through and how he
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For example, one time his mother couldn’t cope was when she took him shopping. “And you crouched down on the floor and put your hands over your ears and you were in the way of everyone so I got cross…But you shouted and knocked those mixers of the shelf.” This situation upsets her and causes a row between his parents. After a while both his parents cant cope with arguing anymore so his mum then leaves. She leaves because she believes her husband is better with Christopher and she feels inadequate to deal with him. Christopher is unaware of the problems he causes because that is just the way he thinks. This gives us a better understanding of how he thins and deals with problems to having Aspergers.

As the novel goes on the relationship between Christopher and his father change and conflict develops between them at the beginning their relationship is very positive and strong. For example, when Christopher gets taken to the police station his father shouts at the police in defence of his son. This shows that’s he cares about Christopher and that he is not angry at him fro getting taking to the police station. Also when his father sees Christopher inside the cell they both hold up their hands and their fingers touch. This s how they show that they love each other as Christopher hates to be hugged or touched. Their relationship begins to deteriorate when his father banged his fist on the table really hard so that
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