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The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-time
Transcript of The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time is about a fifteen year old autistic boy that goes on a life changing search after a dog is murdered in the middle of the night. The story starts when Christopher Boone finds a dead dog in the front yard of Mrs. Shears’ property. The dog was revealed to be Wellington, a poodle belonging to Mrs. Shears. Christopher decides to go on an investigation that reveals that Mr. Shears had an affair with Chris’ mother. His father lied to him and said that his mother died, and he finds out that she’s alive. He goes and lives with her instead. The book primarily focuses on what the point of view of an autistic person would be, while providing the audience with a story that contains enough turns to keep them entertained.
Our focus is on how his
overly logical thinking affects
his perspective on people,
situations, and the world.
Perspective- "A particular
attitude toward, or way of
a point of view."
Christophers' autism gives him a different outlook on the world so he reacts to certain situations differently than a non-autistic person would.
Christopher is very specific about colors and his
entire day can be ruined by seeing a bad combination of cars.
"In the bus on the way to school next morning we passed four red cars in a row, which meant that it was a good day, so I decided not to be sad about Wellington...." (the dog that died) "....four red cars in a row made it a good day, and three red cars in a row made it a quite good day, and five red cars in a row made it a super good day......four yellow cars in a row made it a black day, which is a day when I don't speak to anyone."
To a regular person this would mean very little
(assuming they even noticed) but with his perspective it becomes a very big deal
Having autism influences you to think logically and minimizes emotional bias.
He also doesn't understand common things like facial expressions and metaphors
"I think it should be called a lie because a pig is not like a day and people do not have skeletons in their cupboards and when I try and make a picture of the phrase in my head it just confuses me because imagining an apple in someone's eye doesn't have anything to do with liking someone a lot"
(about facial expressions)
"I got Siobhan to draw lots of these facial expressions and then write down next to them exactly what they meant. I kept the piece of paper in my pocket and took it out when I didn't understand what someone was saying"
He has an exceeding sense
of logic to the point that he has no sense of humor
"I cannot tell jokes because
I don't understand them"
Another important piece of evidence is his sentence structure which represents his logical nature by using almost no descriptive terms and sticking to undeniable fact.
"1. I am standing in a field that is full of grass.
2. There are some cows in the field
3. It is sunny with a few clouds
4. There are some flowers in the grass
5. There is a village in the distance
6. There is a fence at the edge of the field and it has a gate in it"
He doesn't use words like "big" or "bright" that
aren't measurable facts.
On the flip-side he occasionally uses
very long run on sentences indicating the open flow of thoughts of a logical person
"When we came in through the front door I went into the kitchen and got a carrot for Toby and I went upstairs and I shut the door of my room and I let Toby out and gave him the carrot"
All of the factors defend the fact that autistic people think much more logically than emotionally, thus affecting their perspective on life.
Christopher relies on logic to keep him calm during human interactions that he feels scared or upset during
"there were 11 people in the carriage and I didnt like being in a room with 11 people in a tunnel so I concentrated on things in the carriage."