The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

In this essay I will analyse The Curious incident of the dog in the night-time with focus on the relationship between the main characters. The Curious incident of the dog in the night-time is a novel by Mark Haddon. It was first published in 2003.

The book is about Christopher Boon, a mathematically talented boy. He is fifteen years old with Asperger's syndrome. He sees a dog laying on the grass in front of his neighbour’s house with a fork sticking out of it. The dog is dead. He goes over to embrace the dog and soon the neighbour, Mrs Shears, appears from her house, shouting. Christopher decides to investigate who killed the dog. Taking his inspiration from the Sherlock Holmes stories, Christopher knocks on the doors of several neighbours to try to find out what happened to Wellington. Throughout the investigation, he finds out his mom is still alive and that his father kept it a secret. After finding out who killed the dog Christopher visits his mom, later buys a puppy and takes school to a higher level.

Characterisation of Christopher. He is a fifteen-year-old boy who is mathematically gifted struggles in social context and understanding as a result of his autism. He views the world mainly in absolutes, separating his life experience into a series of extreme likes and dislikes.

Christopher’s father often goes to extremes when showing his emotions, occasionally blowing up in anger, and he lacks the self-confidence to work through his problems verbally. Christopher’s father bottles up all of his problems till he gets enough and the explode in anger. As Christopher’s father, he cares for Christopher, yet he also struggles with the frustration he feels as a result of not always being able to understand Christopher’s behaviour.
Judy is Christopher's mother, who works as a secretary. Christopher thinks she has been dead for two years before discovering her letters to him hidden in his father's cupboard.

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