The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

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 “and I said no” using a lot of personal pronouns, his writing is very straightforward and real. Everything Chris talks about is factual which is why this book lacks metaphors, Chris does not believe in metaphors as the thinks they are a bunch of lies he talks about one metaphor in particular and explains why he finds them confusing “we had a real pig of a day” (page 20 ch 29) Chris believes that this is a lie because a pig is not like a day and when he tries to create a mental image of this metaphor he is unable to do so. Chris is easily distracted and gets very obsessed when trying to describe something, using long sentences this sometimes frustrates the reader, his minute to minute detail and over analysing everything shows us just how emotionally deprived he really is.

Chris is also blessed with photographic memory which he uses to help him with his surroundings, photographic memory enables Chris to make mental maps of places that he has seen or looked at e.g. when Chris goes on an outing with his father to Twycross Zoo (page 110 ch 137) he immediately buys a guidebook so that he can analyse the map as he is unfamiliar with his surroundings. While sitting at the cafe in the zoo Chris analyses the map thoroughly and tries to memorise it “then I got out a piece of paper from...