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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Presentation on Mark Haddon's novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time portaying the theme the struggle for independence. Jordan Graves

Jordan Graves

on 4 January 2013

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

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon Thesis Theme Setting Quotes Quotes Point of view Struggle for independence In Haddon's novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, one of the themes that are most recognizable is the struggle for independence. Despite the protagonist's obvious lack of social and communicative skills and how society views a person with special needs, Chris succeeds in gaining independence. This is shown in several occurrences throughout the novel where he makes the right decisions and follows them all on his own. The struggle for Independence The setting of the novel occurs in Swindon and London England.
Christopher had his mother's address remembered down to the exact coordinates. Haddon's novel is written in first person narrative and Christopher is the protagonist. The narrative voice plays a key part in supporting my thesis as the author allows the main character to write his own story thus giving him power and independence. Throughout the novel, christopher struggles to constantly try and prove that he can be independent. For example, many nights he would find himself in the middle of his street at the hours of two and three in the morning.
Also the fact that he made the entire journey from Swindon to London England all on his own is quite impressive.
“It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty.” P.130 -Christopher “I was excited. When I started writing my book there was only one mystery to solve. Now there were two.” P. 124 -Christopher
“This is a murder mystery novel.” Opening of ch. 7
-Christopher “And when I was asleep I had one of my favorite dreams… And in the dream nearly everyone on the earth is dead…” Ch. 229 -Christopher “I think I would make a very good astronaut. To be a good astronaut you have to be intelligent and I’m intelligent. You also have to understand how machines work and I’m good at understanding how machines work. You also have to be someone who would like being on their own in a tiny space-craft thousands and thousands of miles away…” Beginning of ch. 83 -Christopher Christopher's disabilities Christopher is diagnosed with Aspergers, which is a form of high functioning autism. We see many examples in his speech and behavior that the disability is strongly apparent. However, there are many people in the world who can cope with it. This is the story of Jason McElwain by ESPN.
Jason follows his basketball dream even though being diagnosed with high functioning autism. Characters Christopher John Francis Boone- Protagonist
Ed Boone- Father
Judy Boone- Mother
Mr./Mrs Shears-Neighbors
Siobhan- Christophers mentor at school
Wellington- The dog who was killed by the father.
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