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Explore the techniques used by Mark Haddon to convey the main character's autism in 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'

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Critical Essay "Explore the techniques used by Mark Haddon to convey the main character's autism in 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'" The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is an interesting and meaningful story full of betrayal, swindles, hatred and truth. Mark Haddon begins the story with a boy called Christopher who you would think that is ordinary and he discovers that his next door neighbor's dead and has been killed intentionally due to the way that it has been murdered. The clue was that a fork was stabbed into the dog which meant it was premeditated. For this reason the story becomes a murder novel as well as a story of his life. As the story follows on Mark Haddon depicts in an unusual but understanding way that Christopher suffers from Aspergers Syndrome and Autism due to the way he socializes with others and his emotional well being. He is never ebullient and does not understand one's feelings or their character. Mark Haddon shows that the reader would think that Christopher is eccentric however you will find out that he suffers from Aspergers Syndrome and Autism. ...read more.

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The maps and diagrams which Christopher uses inn the story aids himself in identifying his place on earth so that he does not act in an unusual or irritating way which he is nit aware of. This part of the story shows the reader that Christopher is Autistic, suffers from Aspergers Syndrome and has a difficult in coping with everyday things. The topic of mathematics is one thing in which Christopher likes to his heart and makes him settled and steady in his disastrous life. Moreover, the first person is both immovable and adamant with his desire for mathematics. Christopher makes attempts of apprehending the confusing chaos which surrounds him by doing mathematical calculations in his mind to keep him relaxed. For example, on page 100 Christopher shows how little but hard looking dilemmas can sometimes be depicted with an easy mathematical solution. He shows as an example for readers a simple description of the ways in which arises from a logistic equation that shows the population of a system of animals as Nnew = KNold (1 - Nold). This pictures Christopher's liking for mathematics and how it keeps him calm and steady when solving mathematical equations. ...read more.

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The moment Christopher finds out that his mum did not die from a heart attack; he hated his dad for all he could imagine. There is a twist in the story after these moments and the intent in Christopher's mind now in to look for and find his mum. Sympathy is shown to Christopher by the sorrowfulness depicted for him but the hatred shown to his dad. In conclusion, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a great and indefinable story which gives you a describable way that the reader can understand how a 15 year old boy who suffers from Aspergers Syndrome thinks daily and his special needs. This is a story has everything in it; from happiness, trust and joy to the dark depths of betrayal, hatred and deceitful tales. This book has taught me how life is hard, how one suffers ad how simple things for us are complicated to an Autistic 15 year old boy. In the events that have occurred in the story; they have enlightened me about what an advantage normal people have then one that is Autistic or suffers from Aspergers Syndrome. Overall, I think that Mark Haddon has produced a story like no other including both sorrow and happiness into one book that touches your heart. Sumun Ali English Assessment ...read more.

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