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Characterization Christopher The "book the curious incident of the dog in the night-time" of Mark Haddon, published by Vintage in the year 2004, is about a boy, called Christopher, who finds a dead dog, which was killed with a garden fork. In the following I want to characterise Christopher. Christopher's full name is Christopher John Francis Boone (p. 2). He is the main character and protagonist of the book. He is fifteen years old and lives in Swindon, a small town located South-west England. His life is completely changing after he finds the dog of his neighbour Mrs Shears. The reader gets to know that Christopher has the Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism. He has no siblings and lives together with his dad and his rat named Toby. His Mother died of a heart attack at the age of 38. He likes dogs, because he always knows what they are thinking, and they are faithful and do not tell lies (p.4). This reveals that he does not like it when someone tell lies. Also, he does not like shouting at him because it makes him scared that someone is going to hit him or touch him (p.4). When he does not know what to do, he puts his hands over his head...

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and closes his eyes (p.4). Furthermore, he likes murder mystery novels and that is why he writes one (p.5). He likes the police because of their uniform and numbers so everyone now what they are meant to be doing (p.7). The policeman asked him too many questions and touched him, so Cristopher hit him. This mentions that he does not like being touched and that he need time to answer, so he does not understand the social rules (p.8-9). Being arrested by a policeman calms him down because it is an expected reaction. Another significant aspect is that he cannot tell jokes because he does not understand them (p.10). He likes prime numbers (p.14). He compares prime numbers with life because they are logical and he says: "you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them" (p.15). This mentions that it is not easy to deal with his life and it is very confusing for him. He wants to understand the life and he spends all the time to work some rules out to deals with others, but he fails. Time is important for him because it is a structure device. This becomes clear because he does not want to give the police his watch (p.16-17). It is quite apparent that he does not understand facial expression. This becomes clear when he says that he finds people confusing because people do a lot of talking without using words (p.19). Also, metaphors are confusing for him because it is using a word for something that it is not (p.20). He does not want his name to mean a story about being kind and helpful. He wants his name to be him (p.20). Furthermore, he does not like hugging, so his father and he just holding hands (p.21). This shows also that he does not like being touched even from his own father. He cannot tell lies (p. 24). Proper novels make him feel shaky and scared and he does not like them. When he is sad, he wants to be left alone (p.27). His Mom died two years ago because of a heart attack, so he wanted to send her a get-well card (p.28-29). It mentions that he cares about his mother and wants her to get well (social rules). When he gets informed about his mother's death, he is mostly interested in the kind of heart attack and corresponding technical details, which seems a very inappropriate reaction for a son. He likes things to be in a nice order which is the reason that he change his behaviour on how much cars of the colour red and yellow he sees on a day (p.31). They are a foreboding of good or bad luck. It makes him feel safe. Also, his psychologist told him that he is a very logical and clever person (p. 31-32). Cristopher wants to be an Astronaut (p.32). Moreover, he does not understand why people are breaking rules while he is searching all the time for rules. This becomes clear when he talks about his father and that he drives over the speed limit (p.38). He is someone who sees everything detailed and, he tries to understand the direct sense of other people's sayings (p. 38). He needs to be told exactly what they want because otherwise he does not understand what they mean. He likes it when someone speaks directly to him (p.39). Moreover, He does not believe in heaven (p.42). Christopher has some people in his life: his dad, Siobhan, who is a behaviour therapist for him, Mr Jeavons, who is a psychologist at his school, Mrs Shears, who is his neighbour and he also mentions her as a friend, and Toby-his pet rat. Christopher didn't understood that his father lied to him about his mother when he turned his head away (p. 28). He does not believe Terry who told him that he never will find a good job, just a job at a supermarket or something else (p.33). He is not very interested in what Terry told him, which shows that he also is not interested in other people's opinion. His reflections on the Milky Way reveals that he knows many technical terms related to the word field "astronomy" (p.12). he also knows technical terms from the world field “medicine/nutrition” and he uses technical terms in the word field "mathematics" which conveys the impression of a little professor and is also a typical feature for Asperger. He uses very often linking words like „and” and „but” and he repeats sentences. Christopher can describe people's behaviour without understanding the implications of it and he is aware of his problem when it comes to understanding non-verbal cues, which he describes with a simile (p.28-29). All in all, you can say that Christopher generally has a lot of problems in social contact. As a result of the Asperger Syndrome, he behaves differently from others in many points and is therefore often thought of as strange. He can not put himself in somebody's place and is also not able not imagine how others might feel or think in certain situations. His ability of self-reflection and reference to reality becomes very clear during the chapters. It seems like he lives in two worlds- the one with all the normal people which is very difficult for him and the one of him which is very normal/easy for him. He can manage things very well if they are in a special way of thinking.

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Characterization Christopher The "book the curious incident of the dog in the night-time" of Mark Haddon, published by Vintage in the year 2004, is about a boy, called Christopher, who finds a dead dog, which was killed with a garden fork. In the following I want to characterise Christopher. Christopher's full name is Christopher John Francis Boone (p. 2). He is the main character and protagonist of the book. He is fifteen years old and lives in Swindon, a small town located South-west England. His life is completely changing after he finds the dog of his neighbour Mrs Shears. The reader gets to know that Christopher has the Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism. He has no siblings and lives together with his dad and his rat named Toby. His Mother died of a heart attack at the age of 38. He likes dogs, because he always knows what they are thinking, and they are faithful and do not tell lies (p.4). This reveals that he does not like it when someone tell lies. Also, he does not like shouting at him because it makes him scared that someone is going to hit him or touch him (p.4). When he does not know what to do, he puts his hands over his head...

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and closes his eyes (p.4). Furthermore, he likes murder mystery novels and that is why he writes one (p.5). He likes the police because of their uniform and numbers so everyone now what they are meant to be doing (p.7). The policeman asked him too many questions and touched him, so Cristopher hit him. This mentions that he does not like being touched and that he need time to answer, so he does not understand the social rules (p.8-9). Being arrested by a policeman calms him down because it is an expected reaction. Another significant aspect is that he cannot tell jokes because he does not understand them (p.10). He likes prime numbers (p.14). He compares prime numbers with life because they are logical and he says: "you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them" (p.15). This mentions that it is not easy to deal with his life and it is very confusing for him. He wants to understand the life and he spends all the time to work some rules out to deals with others, but he fails. Time is important for him because it is a structure device. This becomes clear because he does not want to give the police his watch (p.16-17). It is quite apparent that he does not understand facial expression. This becomes clear when he says that he finds people confusing because people do a lot of talking without using words (p.19). Also, metaphors are confusing for him because it is using a word for something that it is not (p.20). He does not want his name to mean a story about being kind and helpful. He wants his name to be him (p.20). Furthermore, he does not like hugging, so his father and he just holding hands (p.21). This shows also that he does not like being touched even from his own father. He cannot tell lies (p. 24). Proper novels make him feel shaky and scared and he does not like them. When he is sad, he wants to be left alone (p.27). His Mom died two years ago because of a heart attack, so he wanted to send her a get-well card (p.28-29). It mentions that he cares about his mother and wants her to get well (social rules). When he gets informed about his mother's death, he is mostly interested in the kind of heart attack and corresponding technical details, which seems a very inappropriate reaction for a son. He likes things to be in a nice order which is the reason that he change his behaviour on how much cars of the colour red and yellow he sees on a day (p.31). They are a foreboding of good or bad luck. It makes him feel safe. Also, his psychologist told him that he is a very logical and clever person (p. 31-32). Cristopher wants to be an Astronaut (p.32). Moreover, he does not understand why people are breaking rules while he is searching all the time for rules. This becomes clear when he talks about his father and that he drives over the speed limit (p.38). He is someone who sees everything detailed and, he tries to understand the direct sense of other people's sayings (p. 38). He needs to be told exactly what they want because otherwise he does not understand what they mean. He likes it when someone speaks directly to him (p.39). Moreover, He does not believe in heaven (p.42). Christopher has some people in his life: his dad, Siobhan, who is a behaviour therapist for him, Mr Jeavons, who is a psychologist at his school, Mrs Shears, who is his neighbour and he also mentions her as a friend, and Toby-his pet rat. Christopher didn't understood that his father lied to him about his mother when he turned his head away (p. 28). He does not believe Terry who told him that he never will find a good job, just a job at a supermarket or something else (p.33). He is not very interested in what Terry told him, which shows that he also is not interested in other people's opinion. His reflections on the Milky Way reveals that he knows many technical terms related to the word field "astronomy" (p.12). he also knows technical terms from the world field “medicine/nutrition” and he uses technical terms in the word field "mathematics" which conveys the impression of a little professor and is also a typical feature for Asperger. He uses very often linking words like „and” and „but” and he repeats sentences. Christopher can describe people's behaviour without understanding the implications of it and he is aware of his problem when it comes to understanding non-verbal cues, which he describes with a simile (p.28-29). All in all, you can say that Christopher generally has a lot of problems in social contact. As a result of the Asperger Syndrome, he behaves differently from others in many points and is therefore often thought of as strange. He can not put himself in somebody's place and is also not able not imagine how others might feel or think in certain situations. His ability of self-reflection and reference to reality becomes very clear during the chapters. It seems like he lives in two worlds- the one with all the normal people which is very difficult for him and the one of him which is very normal/easy for him. He can manage things very well if they are in a special way of thinking.