Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

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The narrator, Christopher, in Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, is a unique individual. His self-introduction early in the book immediately following a nearly emotionless account of finding a dead poodle is a first indicator that Christopher’s character is somewhat encyclopedic and computational and lacking family references perhaps socially distant. “My name is Christopher John Francis Boone. I know all the countries of the world and their capital cities and every prime number up to 7,057.” (Haddon, pg 2)” Unlike his neighbor, Mrs. Shears, who reacts to the death of her dog with blistering obscenities and shock, Christopher sees the death of the poodle as flatly “sad” but more of a puzzle to solve. His narration of his murder story is a meandering, biographical account of his trouble with social interactions and his love of lists and puzzles. Christopher pulls the reader into his world by numbering his chapters not sequentially but with prime numbers, by frequently interspersing puzzles into his storyline and interjecting his values and…show more content…
He takes thing very literally and get through life with a rule-based approach. He struggles with vague imperatives of everyday life like “KEEP OFF THE GRASS” signs (Haddon 29). He demonstrates compulsive behaviors like playing 76 online sessions of minesweeper. It is an unspoken revelation to the reader that Christopher’s uniqueness is likely the symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functional Autism. Asperger’s Syndrome is a neurological condition bestowing gifts and handicaps allowing Christopher savant-like abilities in mathematics and acute difficulties understanding social interactions including the facial expressions and moods of other people. The Autism Society website describes the difficulties of people with Asperger’s Disorder in everyday life as
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