The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time By Mark Haddon

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Describe at least two techniques used to make a character or individual in the text interesting,

In The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, the three techniques used to make Christopher Boone a mathematically gifted autistic teenager unique and interesting are: style, his visual effects and Dramatic Irony.

The curious incident is narrated from the perspective of a fifteen year old teenager called Christopher Boone, who suffers from a mild form of autism known as the Apergers Syndrome. Chris’s style reflects his illness, and we experience this by the way he speaks and reacts around others. Chris uses quick short sentences such as “I find people confusing” or ...view middle of the document...

The illustration helps the reader a whole lot as it allows us to peek inside this gifted boys mind and lets us truly understand what he is thinking. In the book Chris often tries to explain words in the form of pictures as this is the most convenient way to interact with the reader. The many images and visual effects in act as a source of communication and interaction between the reader and the character Chris.

The author of the curious incident used dramatic irony to deliberately create a gap between what Chris as the narrator of the story knows and what we as readers know. This occurs several times in the book and us as readers can get easily frustrated. One important occasion where dramatic irony occurs is in chapter 97 when Chris is conversing with Mrs. Alexander something that he would never do especially because she was a stranger, Mrs. Alexander talks to Chris about his mother having an affair with Mr. shears and how suddenly after the affair his mother dies, to Chris this is a co-incidence and he is not able to understand the emotion Mrs Alexander is displaying .We as readers easily jump to assumptions about Chris’s mother being alive while Chris stays ignorant of reality as he is not able to understand exactly what Mrs Alexander is trying to explain using a waterfall of emotions. Another...

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