Analysis Of "The Curious Incident Of The Dog

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People diagnosed with a communication disorder can have straining social interactions causing a division between their world and the societal world. In Mark Haddon’s implausible novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time he writes about Christopher Boone, an autistic 15-year old boy, who accounts for the other percentage of autistic children that are highly intelligent, but have a hard time communicating it. Christopher is trying to solve the murder of his neighbor’s dog, but throughout his investigation he finds out more than he expected about secrets within his own family and even himself. Haddon creates an opportunity to view the disorder through Christopher’s eyes and the eyes of others; but most importantly he is determined to prove that his disorder will not limit his aspirations. The narrative explores the way in which Christopher’s mind operates in contrast to those without autism, how this mindset affects his interactions with others, and how these experiences led to his personal goals. Due to his autism, Christopher has random ideas, thoughts, and beliefs that challenge the notions of those who do not struggle with autism and have a “normal” thought process. Christopher hates the colors yellow and brown for reasons of no great concern, and determines the mood of his day by looking at the color of cars. Christopher sees, “4 yellow cars in a row on the way to school” and that made it a “Black Day,” which is how he determines his mood (p. 53). The car color system does not make much sense to anyone and seems rather silly, but because of his autism this idea seems normal to him. While the narrative captures Christopher’s mindset, it further looks at his societal interactions. Christopher’s interaction with society was often times awkward. He was socially uncomfortable when he was around people, not knowing what to say when people made
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