Curious Incident Research Paper

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In Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the novel’s main character, Christopher Boone, has a developmental disorder known as Asperger’s Syndrome. Christopher’s disorder contributes the story’s overall theme and gives the general public the main idea about Asperger’s Syndrome. He is a relatable character for those who are diagnosed with Asperger’s or autism. Not only does the author portray real symptoms, but also uses the symptoms to create Christopher’s character as a whole. Christopher Boone’s disorder shapes the novel, creates comparisons to current events, contributes the novel’s theme, and helps people understand the syndrome more. Mark Haddon, born in Northampton in 1962, graduated from Oxford University in 1981. He continued to study for English Literature at Edinburgh University; he worked with mental disabled children and adults. The first few books he started writing in were mainly children’s books. Soon, he started writing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in 2003, which became a huge success. The book is about a fifteen-year-old boy named Christopher Boone, who discovered a body of a dead poodle, begins to investigate the death of poodle. Christopher Boone lives with his a single father, which he explains that his mother died from a heart attack. As the story develops, the readers will find out there is something “odd” about Christopher’s behavior. Although the novel never specifically stated what Christopher’s condition is, his dialogues and symptoms of makes it obvious he is diagnosed with this syndrome. The way he behaves, acts, and socializes matches accurately portrays a real person who has Asperger’s. Asperger’s syndrome is a pervasive development disorder. This disorder is similar to autism; however, there are a couple of differences between the two. Those who have Asperger’s have normal intelligence
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