The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time
Theme and message
- Narrator/POV: In which ways does it affect the reader that we see the world through Christopher’s eyes?
• How much empathy does the reader come to feel for Christopher?
The ending of the story
- Supporting questions:
• What is Christopher’s attitude to telling lies?
• How does Christopher react when his mother dies?
• Why does Christopher resume his detective activities after having been asked to give up?
• Why is the book The Hound of the Baskervilles his favorite?
- How does he feel when he prepares for his run-away?
• How does he deal with the many people in the station, how does he find where and how to buy the tickets?
The novel, The curious incident of the dog in the night-time is about the 15-year-old Christopher Boone who is excellent at maths, he is socially disturbed and finds other human beings confusing. He loves patterns in his everyday life and appreciates the truth.
He hates being touched by other human beings. Christopher lives with his father in Swindon. In his narration, he explains that his mother died when he was two years old, due to a problem with her heart.
One day he discovers a dead dog in his neighbor, Mrs. Shears' garden and decides to go investigate the incident even though he is advised otherwise by his father.
He has never gone further away than the end of the road, but does so because he is writing a murder mystery novel.
Christopher lives with his father Ed in Swindon in England. It is very hard for Christopher to experience his father’s love because he doesn't understand love or feelings.
Even though he cannot understand love, he still says a few times that he knows he loves him, because his father says it a lot.
It is quite strange because it doesn't seem like he has the same sort of attachment to his father as the way he has to his teacher Shioban. To Siobhan, he tells her everything about his life and is one of the very few that knows about the murder mystery book.
In the conversations with Shioban, she assists Christopher in learning about himself and treats him with complete honesty. She reassures him all the time and helps him understand why others react the way they do.
However generally Christopher doesn’t understand the love from his parents. The moving out of his mother didn’t help him either, and his fathers lies haven't helped either.
He has a special thing with his father, instead of hugging they show their affection for one another through putting their fingertips together.
He isn’t affected when he thinks his mother is dead, but when he finds out, through the letters, he gets strong feelings for finding her, and talking with her.