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. Plot 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. 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. 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 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 Information: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon http://meetville.com/quotes/author/mark-haddon/page3 http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/the-curious-incident-of.. http://www.gradesaver.com/the-curious-incident-of-the..