The Curious Incident of the Dog in the

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The Curious Incident
of the Dog in the
Night-Time
Table of contents
Why I have chosen this book?
The Curious Incident of the Dog in
the Night-time by Mark Haddon is
unlike any other book I have read.
That's because the narrator,
Christopher John Francis Boone, is
unlike anyone I have ever met. He
is a teenager with a developmental
disability who is a mathematical
genius but cannot understand
human emotions.
 This story makes me laugh and
cause me to see the world through
different eyes.
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Plot
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The novel is written
as if Christopher is
writing it for a class
assignment. He
numbers the chapters
in prime numbers
because that is what
he likes. In fact, you
hear a lot about what
Christopher likes and
does not like in the
pages of this mystery.
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TONE: Conversational and matter-offact.
TENSE: Past tense
SETTING (TIME): 1998
SETTING (PLACE) · In and around
Swindon, England, with a trip to
London, England.
PROTAGONIST: Christopher John
Francis Boone
MAJOR CONFLICT: Christopher’s
investigation of Wellington’s murder
leads him to uncover a number of
secrets about his parents, causing him
to lose his trust in Father and to set
out to London in search of Mother.
RISING ACTION: As Christopher
investigates Wellington’s murder, he
learns that Mother and Mr. Shears had
an affair, that Father and Mrs. Shears
also had an affair, and Father has
been lying to him.
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CLIMAX: After a harrowing journey
on his own to London in which he
must overcome the limits of his
condition, Christopher reunites with
his mother.
FALLING ACTION: Christopher
moves in with Mother, successfully
completes his A-level test in math,
and begins to reestablish trust with
Father. He recalls all that he has
accomplished over the course of the
novel and sets out a series of goals
for the future.
THEMES: The Struggle to Become
Independent; Subjectivity; the Disorder of
Life; Coping with Loss
MOTIFS: Frustration with Christopher;
Science and Technology; Animals
FORESHADOWING: Father’s excessive
anger over Christopher’s desire to
investigate Wellington’s murder;
Christopher’s repeated SYMBOLS: The
Murder Investigation; Logic Puzzles, Math
Problems, and Maps; The A-Level Test in
Math
observation that murderers typically know
their victims; Christopher’s discovery of a
letter from Mother in Father’s closet.
Christopher John Francis Boone
Ed Boone
Judy Boone
Siobhan
Mrs Alexander
Wellington
Quotes
Author’s idea
My opinion
GLOSSARY
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Amnesia-lost of memory
Dachshund dog-a small dog
Hypothetical- Supposed
Metaphor- a comparison that does not use LIKE or AS
Simile- A comparison using LIKE or AS
Swiss Army Knife- a multi-tool pocket knife
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