“The Curious incident of the dog in the night-time” analyse

Analyse af “The Curious incident of the dog in the night-time” i Engelsk

This essay will analyze The Curious incident of the dog in the night-time with focus on characters and narrative technique. The Curious incident of the dog in the night-time is a novel by Mark Haddon. It was first published in 2003, in Great Britain by Jonathan Cape and then later aging in 2004 by Vintage. The themes of the novel is Asperger, secret and family.

In the novel there are a lot of characters. There are the narrator and protagonist, Christopher Boone. Christopher’s father and mother, Mrs. Shears, Siobhan, Mrs. Alexander, Wellington and a lot more.
At the start of the novel, Christopher is 15 years. (p 7 “I replied, I am 15 years and 3 months and 2 days”) Christopher has Asperger's syndrome and he doesn't like to be touched(p 9 I didn’t like him touching me like this”). He is incapable of telling lies. When he finds out about Wellington's death, he decides to begin a search for his killer. (p 33 “I decided that I would try and find out who killed Wellington …”)

Christopher's father is the sole caregiver of Christopher, and has been since Christopher's mother “died” (p 17 “They asked me who my family was. I said it was Father, but Mother was dead.”). Christopher's father looks after Christopher, knows all his habits, and understands the way Christopher works, but when he finds out that his son is trying to solve who killed Wellington, he becomes unusually angry and impatient (p 63 “I said, ‘He is my prime suspect. (….) Father banged the table with his fist really hard (…) The end of page 63 and the beginning of page 64). Christopher's father killed Wellington and lied about Christopher's mother being dead (p 116 “And I said, ‘I thought she was dead, but she was still alive. And Father lied to me. And also he said he killed Wellington”).

We are told very early on that Christopher's mother died two years ago - there was something wrong with her heart, and Christopher didn't visit her at the hospital (p 28 “Mother died 2 years ago. (…) ‘Can we visit her?’ I asked, (…) Father said, ‘No.’ (…) And Father said, ‘No. it’s an ordinary hospital. She has a problem… a problem with her heart’”) . When Christopher discovers letters from his mother in his father's room, he realizes that his mother wasn’t dead. His mother is living with Mr. Shears (p 123 “Then I was really confused (…) Mother had never lived in London. Mother had always lived with us. And Mother had never written a letter to me before. (…) Which meant that the letter was posted on 16th October 1997, which was 18 months after Mother had died.”). At the end of the novel, Judy has moved back to Swindon and Christopher is living with her.

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