History Literature / TheCuriousIncidentOfTheDogInTheNightTime

18th May '17 8:53:37 AM TywinIsGod
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* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the {{Kid Detective}} genre of books. It shows what kind of person would be stupid enough to go out of their way to search for clues about a 'murder' in a world dictated by reality, all for the sake of wanting to being a detective. In fact, [[spoiler: the 'investigation' comes to a screeching halt less than halfway through the story because clues don't just fall into your lap]].

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* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the {{Kid Detective}} genre of books. It shows what kind of person would be stupid naive enough to go out of their way to search for clues about a 'murder' in a world dictated by reality, all for the sake of wanting to being a detective. In fact, [[spoiler: the 'investigation' comes to a screeching halt less than halfway through the story because clues don't just fall into your lap]].
23rd Apr '17 5:31:30 PM Noraneko
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** It outrages Christopher that after he finds out that [[spoiler:his father]] killed Wellington, they won't even get punished for it because they'll only do it if Mrs. Shears presses charges. Dogs tend to be innocent where the affairs of humans are involved, and that Wellington had nothing to do with [[spoiler: Ed and Judy's maternal problems or the tribulations of raising an autistic child.]]

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** It outrages Christopher that after he finds out that [[spoiler:his father]] killed Wellington, they won't even get punished for it because they'll only do it if Mrs. Shears presses charges. Dogs tend to be innocent where the affairs of humans are involved, and that Wellington had nothing to do with [[spoiler: Ed and Judy's maternal problems or the tribulations of raising an autistic child.]] (Though Christopher's father, during TheReveal, admits that it was a purely impulsive action happening at the height of his anger and frustration, and he didn't actually blame Wellington)]]
17th Apr '17 2:23:21 AM Josh47
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* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Christopher ''loves'' strawberry milkshakes and mentions them several times in the book. He's also fond of Indian food.

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* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Christopher ''loves'' strawberry milkshakes and mentions them several times in the book. He's also fond of the Indian food.food Gobi Aloo Sag, though as it is yellow he has to put red food coloring in it before eating.
17th Apr '17 2:18:06 AM Josh47
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* TheStinger: In the play, Christopher wanted to explain his favourite mathematical equation. Siobhan tells him to explain after the play if people are interested. In the book, this is explained by a footnote.

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* TheStinger: In the play, Christopher wanted to explain his favourite mathematical equation. Siobhan tells him to explain after the play if people are interested. In the book, this is explained by a footnote.in an appendix.
17th Apr '17 1:57:19 AM Josh47
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** Christopher's father also, although in his defence it takes a lot more to rattle him, considering his son's condition. On top of that [[spoiler: killing a dog because the owner turned him down and the lying that yur son's mom died]] show that his dad reacts really poorly when he is at his breaking point.

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** Christopher's father also, although in his defence it takes a lot more to rattle him, considering his son's condition. On top of that [[spoiler: killing a dog because the owner turned him down and the lying that yur his son's mom died]] show that his dad reacts really poorly when he is at his breaking point.
27th Mar '17 11:59:54 AM needsanewhobby
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** Chris also plays a lot of {{VideoGame/Minesweeper}}, sometimes for hours on end.
12th Feb '17 12:32:12 AM trixus
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** His dad may have anger issues, it might just be the stress but [[spoiler: killing a dog with a pitchfork is kind of extreme.]]
** Some of the kids in special aide class have a fixation with feces.



* ExactWords / LoopholeAbuse: When Chris' father admonishes him to drop the investigation into Wellington's murder, Chris carefully picks apart his father's words and deduces that, literally speaking, Ed has not expressly forbidden him from talking to his neighbour Mrs Alexander, although Chris clearly isn't supposed to be asking her about the murder. His father even points out he still disobeyed because he got involved into other people's business.

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* ExactWords / LoopholeAbuse: When Chris' father admonishes him to drop the investigation into Wellington's murder, Chris carefully picks apart his father's words and deduces that, literally speaking, Ed has not expressly forbidden him from talking to his neighbour Mrs Alexander, although Chris clearly isn't supposed to be asking her about the murder. His father even points out he still disobeyed because he got involved into other people's business.disobeyed.



** he discusses several maths problems in his book, including the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_Hall_problem Monty Hall problem]];
** people ask him challenging mathematical operations for fun (which must seem terribly easy to him); and
** he even includes the ''proof'' of his favourite problem on his A-level exams in an appendix to the book he's writing.

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** he He discusses several maths problems in his book, including the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_Hall_problem Monty Hall problem]];
** people People ask him challenging mathematical operations for fun (which must seem terribly easy to him); and
** he He even includes the ''proof'' of his favourite problem on his A-level exams in an appendix to the book he's writing.



* ParentsAsPeople: To the point were it might as well be called "parents as people, the book". Christopher's father tries really hard to raise his son despite his disorder not making it easy on top of [[spoiler:having his wife leaving him with another man]] and he is the ''dutiful one''.

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* ParentsAsPeople: To the point were it might as well be called "parents as people, the book". Christopher's father tries really hard to raise his son despite his disorder not making it easy on top of [[spoiler:having his wife leaving him leaving with another man]] and he is the ''dutiful one''.
12th Feb '17 12:13:37 AM trixus
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** Christopher's father also, although in his defence it takes a lot more to rattle him, considering his son's condition.

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** Christopher's father also, although in his defence it takes a lot more to rattle him, considering his son's condition. On top of that [[spoiler: killing a dog because the owner turned him down and the lying that yur son's mom died]] show that his dad reacts really poorly when he is at his breaking point.



** Turned out to be what the crime was about, [[spoiler: Christopher's dad was still suffering that his wife ran with another man, leaving him alone to raise their autistic son, when the neighbor, whose husband ran off with his wife, turned down his desire to start a family again he killed Wellington because the woman seemed to care more about the dog than him and his son.]]



* ExactWords / LoopholeAbuse: When Chris' father admonishes him to drop the investigation into Wellington's murder, Chris carefully picks apart his father's words and deduces that, literally speaking, Ed has not expressly forbidden him from talking to his neighbour Mrs Alexander, although Chris clearly isn't supposed to be asking her about the murder.

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* ExactWords / LoopholeAbuse: When Chris' father admonishes him to drop the investigation into Wellington's murder, Chris carefully picks apart his father's words and deduces that, literally speaking, Ed has not expressly forbidden him from talking to his neighbour Mrs Alexander, although Chris clearly isn't supposed to be asking her about the murder. His father even points out he still disobeyed because he got involved into other people's business.



* FelonyMisdemeanor: [[InvertedTrope It fits curiously with the attitude of people towards Christopher himself]] - quite innocuous deeds like colouring his food red and loving maths and science [[spoiler: infuriated his own mother so greatly [[DisproportionateRetribution she left her family for her married neighbour]]]]. The boy didn't bully, steal, do drugs, make poorly in school; he was even unable to tell a lie.



* IdiotSavant: Christopher.

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* IdiotSavant: Christopher. He is a math genius but barely functional.



* ItsAllAboutMe: Christopher, his mother and Mr and Mrs. Shears.

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* ItsAllAboutMe: Christopher, his mother and Mr and Mrs. Shears.Shears (downplayed in that Mrs.Shears just doesn't want to help Christopher to the point of being his mom).



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Ed after Christopher successfully makes it [[spoiler: to his mother's house, and all his actions come back to haunt him]].

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Ed after Christopher successfully makes it [[spoiler: to his mother's house, and all his actions come back to haunt him]]. Also much earlier when he slaps Christopher after his son hit him.



* NoSocialSkills: Christopher.

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* NoSocialSkills: Christopher. To the point he threatens the people that saved him because they touched him and he punch a cop for the same reason.



* ParentsAsPeople: To the point were it might as well be called "parents as people, the book".

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* ParentsAsPeople: To the point were it might as well be called "parents as people, the book". Christopher's father tries really hard to raise his son despite his disorder not making it easy on top of [[spoiler:having his wife leaving him with another man]] and he is the ''dutiful one''.
1st Feb '17 8:01:13 AM benda
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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: The main reason why [[spoiler: Christopher's mother left him, feeling unable to cope with an autistic child.]]
1st Feb '17 7:47:21 AM benda
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** [[spoiler:Leaving your autistic son because you decide you can't cope with his idiosyncracies]] also seems somewhat over the top.

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** [[spoiler:Leaving your autistic son because you decide you can't cope with his idiosyncracies]] also seems somewhat over the top.top, though it wasn't really meant as retribution.
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