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The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night Time

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Archana Thaya

on 16 January 2013

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Transcript of The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night Time

Connections: Yellow Cars, Black Cars
or Red Cars! Text to Text Connection: Text to Media Connection Connections: Text to Self Text to World Author: Mark Haddon The Curious Incident Of
The Dog in the Night Time Letters : Christopher Swindon Wellington Ed Boone, Judy Boone Mr. Shears, Mrs. Shears A Mystery Novel Christopher Swindon A Maths Level Test Critical Point: Judy has a hard time with Christopher, which makes her upset, and she was told to pull herself together.
Pg 107: "But I said I couldn't take it anymore and eventually he got really cross and told me I was being stupid and he said I should pull myself together and I hit him, which was wrong, but I was so upset." Pg 109: "And I think that was when I realized that you and your father were probably better off if I wasn't living in the house. Then he would only have one person to look after instead of two. Then Roger said that he had asked the bank for a transfer. That means if he could have a job in London, and he was leaving.He asked me if I wanted to come with him...So I said yes." During this part, Judy was having a hard time dealing with Christopher and she had a broken leg. She wasn't able to do anything and observed how Christopher and Ed would interact. She realized Christopher was so much more calm with his father than her. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/03/29/divorce-rates-in-canada-decline_n_1387979.html
This connects to the world because there are many divorce cases that are happening. In the past few years, there have been more single parents and over 53, 804 divorce cases were brought into the civil courts in 2010 - 2011. Ed and Judy got divorced as well as Mr. Shears and Mrs. Shears. Our world is changing and many structures of family have started to change. “Instead of singing in the shower, I would write out the lyrics of my favourite songs, the ink would turn the water blue or red or green, and the music would run down my legs.” This is from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. The character Oskar Schell from this novel and Christopher Boone are very alike in the way they think. Both of these characters are unique in a way because they decide to do things very logically and in a sequenced order. Christopher, would pick his good and bad days based on the different coloured cars he'd see rather than the weather outside, where as Oskar would write song lyrics in the shower, rather than singing them and lets the ink of the song lyrics run down him. Pg 24: "Mr.Jeavons, the psychologist at the school, once asked me why 4 red cars 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...And I said that some people who worked in an office came out of their house in the morning and saw that the sun was shining and it made them feel happy or they saw that it was raining and it made them feel sad, but the only difference was the weather and if they worked in an office the weather didn't have anything to do with whether they had a good day or bad day." Christopher's psychologist is questioning Christopher on how he decides whether he
has a good day or a bad day, and the logical
reasoning behind it. Pg 114: "I just thought...I just thought it was better if you didn't know...that...that...I didn't mean to..." This was the part when Christopher was reading all the letters his mother wrote to him and he finds out the truth but is confused, and his dad finds out that Christopher has seen the letters. "Its you and me against the world,
That's what you said,
If you can't be honest with me,
Then I'm afraid this is the end."
This relates to the song Stuttering by Fefe Dobson. This stanza in the song really connects to Christopher because it's only him and his dad because he thought his Mother was dead, but she appears to be alive and well in London. Christopher feels as if he's been betrayed, and his father wasn't honest with him all this time. His father also tells him that he killed Wellington, the mystery Christopher was trying to solve. This is when he decides that he should go live with his mother, and that its the end. “And I started feeling a pain in my chest like I did on the underground because I thought I wasn’t going to be able to go back to Swindon and take my A level (205).” During this part, Judy was talking with Christopher once he went to live with her. She told him that they might have to go back Swindon because she’s having problems with Roger. Christopher gets worried because he doesn’t want to see his father, but he wants to do his A Level Maths Test. Christopher ended up going back to Swindon, and did his A Level Maths test, but sees his father when his mother was at work. This relates to me because during my last few weeks of school, I got really sick and I had to miss a week of school and I was worried that I would miss my chance of performing for the talent show with my friend, and my graduation trip. I was very worried, but I ended up being able to go because I felt better which made me very happy.
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