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Night-Time is seen through the eyes of Christopher, the fifteen year old narrator with Asperger’s syndrome. All the events are processed through the boys remarkable (genius) mind. Very early on we are made aware that the book Christopher starts writing is actually the novel we have in our hands. And For that reason we always feel close to Christopher, we are not only looking out on the world from his perspective but we are literally positioned in his shoes, holding the very novel that he is holding as he writes. For this reason we become more interested into the way Christopher looks at the world and all the different emotions. There are many different themes that can be addressed in this novel but I will be discussing three of them.Detective story (first theme) The novel is set up as a detective story, Christopher wants to find out who killed wellington (Mrs. Shears dog).
He makes it a mission to find out to the dog but instead he finds out much more about his own life and family. The title (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) represents what Christopher hopes to find out but in the title itself is another world of mystery that is uncovered as we read on through the novel. This detective novel is multi layered. Because Christopher believes he is in control of his narrative in control of the whole investigation because he believes he is an outsider who will go “inside” this story, investigate, and find out the truth. But In actual fact as Christopher starts to write and find out more information, the narrative runs away with itself and its no longer Christopher who is in control after all. As he writes down his findings, we realize that in actual fact Christopher is not an outsider to this investigation at all, the mystery lies in his own house. Wellington’s murderer is of course in the end his father ed, but Ed could also be accused of another murder, that of his mother.
Although not really dead Ed murdered Christopher’s mother when he lied and told him that she had died and keep the secret all those years.Tragedy (second theme)It might be strange to think of this novel in terms of a ’tragedy’. but in then end Christopher uncovers a mystery that not only implicates him and his family but also causes a big shift in his family causing him to move out and live with his mother.The structure of the book could be compared to that of a tragedy,but in this case it doesn’t end in misery. By the end of the novel Christopher has made the journey to find his mother and in other words essentially brought his mother back from the dead. It is almost as though Christopher, by adhering strictly to his own criteria of behavior, has escaped the trap of literature and has escaped the tragedy. He lives his life by his own standards, and isn’t poisoned by what other people think and doesn’t shy away from what he thinks is right, doesn’t try to get ahead by being unfair and does not regard his own status at all. It is perhaps for this reason that despite the horrifying information he uncovers about his family, he is able to rise out of the misery and redeem all of the characters in the novel.Love and relationships (third theme)Christopher’s inability to express his feelings of love and closeness in a typical manner can feel difficult. If you did not understand Christopher you might not believe he that he was capable of feelings love. But Even though he does not like to be hugged by his father and even though he shows no obvious signs of missing his mother the author manages to construct a world in which we are genuinely touched by Christopher’s honesty about his feelings.
For example him Remembering his mother, he explains that she smelt nice which is such a specific memory that it conjures up a whole image of Christopher being physically close to his mother and feeling comforted by her familiar smell.Christopher shows that he is more caring that most people who express their love in the usual ways. When he notices that his pet toby is missing, he puts his own life in danger in order to save him. He also shows us his emeness love for animals throughout the novel.
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