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Using chapter 41- How does the narrative technique convey Christopher(TM)s relationship with his father and his father(TM)s relationship with him? Select one other chapter where the narrative technique in a different way conveys Christop

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Using chapter 41- How does the narrative technique convey Christopher's relationship with his father and his father's relationship with him? Select one other chapter where the narrative technique in a different way conveys Christopher's relationship with another character? Mark Haddon uses a variety of narrative techniques to convey Christopher's relationship with his father and his father's relationship with him. The use of first person is vital to highlight the state of the pair's relationship. The book is portrayed from the perspective of an autistic Christopher, this is highly significant in Haddon being able to portray the state of the relationship. The double perspective highlights the extent of their relationship. The use of 1st person allows the reader to sympathise with Christopher, however more importantly the reader is able to define significant areas within the book which Christopher is unable to identify. Christopher unconsciously uses metaphors, which in this case highlights their relationship. ...read more.


They seem distant. Therefore the use of the retrospective serves to blind the reader like Christopher whilst adding drama and tension. His father lies to himself; Christopher is oblivious to the living lie which he lives each day. "Just try and stay out of other peoples business" this is ironic due to the fact that it is his business to know as the killing of the dog is as a result of his father's mental anguish of his mother having an affair between Mr Shears. Therefore the reader is able to build a fragmented picture of Christopher and his father. His father uses simple action sentences to portray tension. This is passed on to Christopher. This highlights to the reader firstly that there is more than his father lets on and secondly that his father takes advantage of Christopher's problems, such as not being able to recognise human emotions. "And he said its ok" "He said leave it". ...read more.


themselves, they are sarcastic to the serious Christopher and are unable to see that he has mental issues despite rolling back on to the grass and pushing his face into the ground whist making groaning noises. In essence Haddon uses the police as an example to show Christopher's relationship with society in general. Christopher is confused by the vast number of questions they ask, he clearly states "I did not kill the dog". His linear mind simply explains what happens however from the policemen's perspective he seems smart and arrogant. The linear and photographic memory highlights Christopher's syndrome whilst being a narrative technique. It highlights the confusing world which Aspergers sufferers face. Despite seeing the police through a stereotypical perspective ("you know what they are meant to be doing"), Christopher is still wrong this confuses him further. It spaces their relationship because the police are unable to comprehend what he means. Overall Haddon uses a variety of narrative techniques such as Retrospective, 1st person, linear memory to show the relationship between Characters. ...read more.

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