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

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"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time" by Mark Haddon is a narrative that is portrayed by a strong voice, a strong voice that should not be changed by using an omniscient (all-knowing) third person narrator, as the 'character' element of the novel is the driving force, not the 'event' (plot) elements. This is because the whole book would be affected considerably if we change the element 'characters', and if we did change the 1st person narration, it would contribute to changing the 'character' element.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time is a narrative that is about a single-parent boy called Christopher who suffers from a type of autism and loves mathematics and order. It starts off with the murder of Wellington, the dog who belongs to Christopher's neighbor, Mrs. Shears. It leads onto Christopher trying to solve the 'mystery' of who killed Wellington and it branches out into him finding out that his mother is not dead, as his father had said, but alive and living with Mr.

Shears in London. Eventually, Christopher solves the 'mystery' of Wellington's death, the 'culprit' being Christopher's father. Christopher gets frightened of his dad, as he believes that his father could kill him, if he could kill Wellington, and so, Christopher sets off to London to live with his mother. In the end, Christopher finds his mum and it ends as, not a happy ending, but not a sad one, as Christopher passes his "Mathematics A-Level Test" with an "A Grade".

We could say that in the book, there is an already-made stabilisation of a certain community which gets interrupted with the complication and gets re-established with the resolution.

The main element of this book is the element 'characters'. This is because the whole...