The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: 2nd Meeting Date

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Ashley Gustafson 04/04/2019 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time #2 (p.76-140) 1. Questions: 1. Does everything Christopher is explaining goes on in his head mean he has a photographic memory? 2. How does Christopher see the world without an imagination? 3. In what situations does Christopher explain that he doesn’t remember what had happened? 4. After reading the first letter, why did Christopher still believe his mom wasn’t alive anymore. 5. Why does Christopher tell explain the mind as “just a complicated machine” on page 116? 6. How did Christopher decide he was going to visit his mother in London? 2. Literary Analysis Commentary: The metaphors the author used to explain Christopher’s thoughts and feelings creates a distinct feel for the work. Christopher only understands things his way, and once he grasps the concept of something that’s the only way he perceives them as. Metaphors directly compare two like things to obtain a better visual of them. Christopher was trying to understand how other people’s minds work and function on a daily basis. Christopher says, ”But the mind is just a complicated machine”(p.116). Without using this metaphor, he wouldn’t be able to comprehend the reality of everyone having their own thoughts and feelings. Christopher understands how machines work, so comparing the mind to something he’s familiar with helps him out. This explanation also helps the reader understand how he thinks and is able to comprehend things with the issue that he has; it shows that he is different and has his own ways of thinking of things. 3. Vocabulary: 1. Saccade - a rapid movement of the eye between fixation points 2. Giddy - having a sensation of whirling and a tendency to fall or stagger; dizzy. 4. Theme: Perspective of the world and understanding others. “[...] when I was little I didn’t understand about other people having minds [...] But I don’t find this difficult now [...] the mind is just a complicated machine”(Haddon 116).

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