The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

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Question Seven: Discuss how Haddon’s perspective on personal challenges is conveyed in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The world is perceived by some in a way that may sometimes seem uncommon or unusual. In the novel “The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time” by Mark Haddon the audience is exposed to the subjective view of the main character Christopher who has the disability aspergers. It is through this close study of text that we explore how ideas, forms and language discuss Haddons perspectives on personal challenges for the character Christopher. Aspergers is a disablity that affects peoples social interactions. The character Chirstopher has this disablity, and through the novels form and its ideas the audience is exposed to Christophers reality. Christopher struggles to interact with his peers and adults. He cannot imagine what another person is thinking, understand sarcasm, or determine a person’s mood by their facial expression. Christopher also has difficulty understanding basic communication which makes it hard for him to relate to authority figures. When Christopher’s father tells him that he killed wellington he gets confused. “I had to get out of the house. Father had murdered Wellington. That meant he could murder me” This demonstrates to the audience that Christophers idea of reality is subjective. While Christopher views his reality as normal the audience would percieve it as uncommon. Christopher requires his world to be completely structured, however for the audience this serves to become another example of how Christophers aspergers creates a subjective reality. This is demonstrated through Christophers relationship with his father. Christopher and his father have a special way of communicating as he does not like to be touched, “He held up his right hand, I held up my left and spread my fingers out in a fan and we
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