The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is a 2003 mystery novel written by a British writer by the name of Mark Haddon. With this novel Haddon was able to win three awards; one of which was the Whitbread Book Award for Best Novel and Book of the Year. Haddon writes the book in a first-person perspective, through the eyes of the protagonist Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old boy with behavioural difficulties. Throughout the novel Haddon uses numerous techniques to present this special world of Christopher’s to the reader enabling us to understand and see what he thinks and sees. To express this special world of Christopher’s, Haddon uses techniques such as language and symbolism as well as graphics to provide the…show more content…
Characterisation is also used in the language of the novel, fitting the theme of Christopher transcribing his stories. One simple thing done to show this is how each chapter is represented as prime numbers, due to the fact Christopher is diverse and enjoys prime numbers. Another characteristic is how after every chapter resulting in the continuing of the story, another chapter follows containing memories, ideas, dreams and calculations. These ‘extra’ chapters may seem pointless to some but this represents the way Christopher thinks, it shows how his mind links experiences together. Haddon portrays symbolism in different forms throughout the novel. One form of this symbolism starts at the beginning of the novel and has effect near the whole way through; this takes form of a system which Christopher uses to determine what his day will be like. This system depends on the colour of the cars which he passes on his way to school. The way he decides is explained by Christopher in the lines, “… 4 red cares in a row made it a Good Day, and 3 red cars in a row made it a Quite Good Day, and 5 red cars in a row made it a Super Good Day, and why 4 yellow cars in a row made it a Black Day, which is a day I don’t speak to anyone and sit on my own…” (p.37) . This system symbolises the order and structure which the character, Christopher needs in his daily life. However this system gets disrupted
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