The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Essay

875 WordsMay 18, 20154 Pages
Formative Task: Module B "When we read novels we encounter interesting characters who invite our empathy and understanding.” Discuss this statement in regard to your prescribed text: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Whilst reading novels, there are characters that we come across that allow us to engage with them and the novel. As a result they further invite our empathy and understanding. Characters that do this are evident throughout, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” written by Mark Haddon in 2003. Throughout the novel, we connect with the main character Christopher. We are able to do this by the way Haddon uses specific dialogue, sympathy for Christopher, Graphics/Illustrations and also the use of repetition. In the curious incident of the dog in the night-time, Haddon through the character of Christopher, invites the reader to feel empathy and to gain an understanding. Almost immediately, you are able to empathise for Christopher due to his rough upbringing without a mother. In addition, the fact that he has a severe disorder promotes us to feel sorry and try to understand Christopher. This is demonstrated with the use of dialogue, when a police officer tells Christopher his train ticket will cost “About 20 quid and I (Christopher) replied with, is that pounds? And he said Christ Alive and he laughed”. The highly idiomatic dialogue, alongside the characterisation of the policeman, act as supposed symbol of respectability. This demonstrates that as a society, they fail to empathise with Christopher even though he has a disorder. It is through this unsympathetic state of the police officer and Haddon’s use of first person, that the reader sympathises with Christopher. This surface empathy the responder experiences towards Christopher builds as he eventually finds the hidden letters from his lost mother and discovers that
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