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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

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Transcript of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
By: Mark Haddon

Summary
Christopher is a 15 year old boy with Asberger's Syndrome. The story follows Christopher's adventure as he tries to uncover the mystery of who murdered his neighbor's dog. Throughout the book, we see Christopher try to balance his logic versus reality.
Haddon's Style
Organization/Structure
of Book
In "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time," Mark Haddon gives his narrative to the protagonist, Christopher Boone. Christopher's style can best be described as simplistic, but complex in meaning. The effect of his style gives the reader a more in depth perspective of Christopher's formulaic logic that he applies to his everyday life that impacts his decisions throughout the book. The plot of the story is revealed in pieces, putting the author and the reader on the same level of perception. This forces you to empathize with an eccentric character that you may not normally be able to connect with. He achieves his purpose through syntax and diction, the way he organizes the book, and his first person perspective.
First Person
Diction & Syntax
Sentence structure
Informal language
The chapters are prime numbers.
Footnotes
Lower-cased letters
He frequently uses lists and pictures.
Bold and underlined lettering
Christopher's logic
Straightforward statements
Syntax and Diction Quotes
First Person Perspective Quotes
“I find people confusing. This is for two main reasons. The first main reason is that people do a lot of talking without using any words. Siobhan says that if you raise one eyebrow it can mean lots of different things. It can mean “I want to do sex with you” and it can also mean “I think that what you just said was very stupid. (Mark Haddon 14-15)”
"And the next morning I looked out of the window in the dining room to count the cars in the street to see whether it was going to be a Quite Good Day or a Good Day or a Super Good day or a Black Day, but it wasn't like being on the bus to school because you could look out of the window for as long as you wanted, and see as many cars as you wanted and I looked out of the window for three hours and I saw 5 red cars in a row and 4 yellow cars in a row, which meant it was both a Good Day and a Black Day, so the system didn't work anymore.(Haddon 205)"
Book Structure/Organization
"But I have decided to give my chapters prime numbers 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13 and so on because I like prime numbers (Mark Haddon 11)."
Perspective
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