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The curious incident of the dog in the night time

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Emily Ortega

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The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
Literary Elements
Graphic Elements
Pages: 140, 142, 144, 146, 147, 148, and 157

These pictures are used to explain how Christopher got to the train station, how it looked, and what was going on in his head while he was waiting for the train to London.
Passage 1
" But most people are lazy. They never look at everything ..." (Haddon,140)

Christopher is explaining how people do not pay close attention to their surroundings.
This shows how Christopher is able to notice little things that most people would not, and explains why it is so difficult for him to adjust to new places quickly.
After reading this would you be able to notice if something were to change in Mrs, McCann's classroom?
Why do you think this affects Christopher so much?
Passage 5
" And then he gave me a little yellow and orange ticket..."(153,Haddon).
Christopher hates the color yellow, He cannot stand it.
The fact that he did not freak out about the color of the ticket or throw it shows that Christopher is making improvements with his disability and is venturing out of his comfort zone.
Are you surprised with the fact that Christopher is doing things he would not be able to handle before now?
Does this change your perspective or view on what kind of person Christopher is?
Passage 2
"And I realized I told a lie in Chapter 13 because I said 'I cannot tell jokes' ...(Haddon,142).
Christopher in fact knows three jokes except they are logical jokes that do not seem very humorous, but in his eyes they are very funny.
The jokes that Christopher likes have to be literal for him to understand. He would not understand the concept of a "Knock, knock" joke.
Do you understand the joke and if so explain it in your own words?
Would this count as a lie why or why not?
Passage 3
"And I wanted to go home but I was frightened of going home...." (Haddon,145)
Christopher is finally understanding his feelings and knows that he is scared.
The fact that he is actually feeling and understanding his emotions is a big step for Christopher
Do you think that these changes in Christopher show that he is gradually overcoming his disability?
Passage 4
"And then I didn't know what to say...." (Haddon,150).
Christopher actually lies to the police man and acknowledges that he lied
Christopher has never been able to lie in his whole life,
What do you think about Christopher being able to lie so easily?
Why do you think he did not get flustered like he usually does when he lies?
Narrative Elements
Descriptions: Using similes
1. "And it was like standing on a cliff ..."(Haddon, 145)
2. "And he had dreadlocks, which is what some black people have, but he was white ..."(Haddon,153)

Word choice: "And then he said, 'Are you all right, young man?'..." (Haddon, 148)

Facts and figures: "And this is a map of
everything and everywhere..."(Haddon,157)
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"For example one week the Shakespeare's Globe poster had fallen ..." (Haddon, 140)
"There are nineteen cows in a field ..." (Haddon,141)
"And it means that it is very tiring if I am in a new place ..."(Haddon, 142)
Christopher goes from talking about timetables, to space and time, to fixed relationships, and lastly to the speed of light vs. time. (Haddon, 155-158)
Christopher is at the train station to go to London.
He reveals why it is difficult for him to adjust to new places due to his sensitivity to change
Christopher realizes that he told a lie and he in facts knows three jokes.
Christopher does math problems in his head to calm himself down and keep track of time.
Christopher gets stopped by a police officer and lies to the police officer.*
Christopher buys a train ticket to London that is half orange and half yellow.**
Christopher digresses in the story by talking about time tables, space and time, fixed relationships, and the speed of light vs. time.
Christopher gets on the train to London and as the train is leaving the police officer hops on and tells Christopher he caught him.

* Christopher is unable to tell a lie yet he does.
**Christopher dislikes anything that is the color yellow, yet he keeps the ticket.
Form and Structure
All the chapters are numbered by prime numbers instead of cardinal numbers.
The book goes all the way to chapter 233.
The book is not organized in any specific way.
The length of the chapters vary.
The topic of the chapters change and digress.
He uses short non-complex sentences.
He uses very simple word choice.
Theme: The theme could be Christopher having the courage to step out of his comfort zone. "So I put my hands over my ears to block out the noise and think. And I thought that I had to sit down somewhere..." (Haddon, 145). Although Christopher is having a difficult time coping with everything and everyone at the train station; he is not backing down. Christopher could easily turn around and find somewhere else to go but he is trying. It is a big step for him that he is stepping out of his comfort zone.
Tone: The tone so far is very fearful and cautious. Christopher is always trying to be careful and keep things in order. He fears staying at the train station, yet he fears going back home even more. He also fears getting caught lying to the police officer.
Foreshadowing: On page 150 when Christopher and the police offer talk the way the officer acts shows that he is suspicious it seems like the officer does not really believe him. This hints that Christopher might get caught lying by the officer. On page 158-159 he does get caught by the police officer.
Flashback: "For example, I remember standing in a field on Wednesday, 15 June 1994..." (Haddon, 141). In this part Christopher has a flashback to when he was younger. This is relevant to the chapter because it explains how he notices things and how he does not think of things that are "silly and not connected to the farm" like any other person.
Mood: This whole section makes the reader anxious and curious to know whats going to happen next. "Will he make it there safely?", "How will Mr. Boone react?","What will his mother say/do?", "Is Christopher going to have to go back home and face Mr. Boone?" may be questions the reader wonders about.

Use of language
The Swindon train station
"My train set had a little building that was two rooms ..."(Haddon, 144)
It is a new place for Christopher.
It has a lot of people.
It is loud.
It smelled of toilets and cigarettes.
The train station makes Christopher feel "giddy and sick".
Narrative Elements
"And when I am in a new place, because I see everything, it is like when a computer is doing too many things at the same time..." (Haddon, 143).
Christopher's sentence structure is not complex, it is simple and short.
Christopher often digresses too different topics within one paragraph.
Christopher's word choice is simple, direct, and easy.
This allows the reader to get a better understanding of Christopher, his thoughts, and disorder more.
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