History Literature / TheCuriousIncidentOfTheDogInTheNightTime

28th Sep '17 4:25:46 AM axle-k89
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** [[spoiler:Ed is furious that Judy left him and Christopher to pursue an affair with Mr. Shears, and points out that {{JerkassHasAPoint writing letters to Christopher is no good because it can't compare to actually being there for Christopher and looking after him}}.]]

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** [[spoiler:Ed is furious that Judy left him and Christopher to pursue an affair with Mr. Shears, and points out that {{JerkassHasAPoint writing letters to Christopher is no good because it can't compare to actually being there for Christopher and looking after him}}.him.]]
28th Sep '17 4:25:05 AM axle-k89
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* BothSidesHaveAPoint: [[spoiler:Judy and Ed's massive argument regarding Christopher when Ed catches up to him in London:]]
** [[spoiler:Judy is furious that Ed told Christopher she was dead and decided to just write her out of his life completely.]]
** [[spoiler:Ed is furious that Judy left him and Christopher to pursue an affair with Mr. Shears, and points out that {{JerkassHasAPoint writing letters to Christopher is no good because it can't compare to actually being there for Christopher and looking after him}}.]]



* 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, as he ''did'' also say to stop interrogating people (although he used a more colorful version but so did he when he asked him to stop asking about who killed the "fucking" dog) which makes Christopher so scared he has problem remebering what happened

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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, as he ''did'' also say to stop interrogating people (although he used a more colorful version but so did he when he asked him to stop asking about who killed the "fucking" dog) which makes Christopher so scared he has problem remebering remembering what happenedhappened.


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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Ed tells Christopher to stop investigating the mystery of who killed Wellington, and not to mention Mr. Shears's name in his house, citing him as evil. Why? [[spoiler:Because Ed is the one who killed Wellington, and Judy left Ed to pursue an affair with Mr. Shears, and Ed doesn't want Christopher to find out about either event. Of course, he eventually does.]]


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* NoAntagonist: The story has no defined bad guy. Ed tries to paint Mr. Shears as one [[spoiler:because Judy left Ed after starting an affair with Mr. Shears, and Mr. Shears doesn't want Christopher around when he decides he wants to live with Judy.]]


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** Involves an actual dog. [[spoiler:After Christopher's pet rat Toby dies, Ed, desperately wanting to make things up to Christopher after everything that has happened, gets him a present, a Golden retriever puppy, and says that Christopher can name him. The trope is then literally invoked when Christopher strokes the puppy, which he decides to call Sandy]].


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* RealityEnsues:
** At the beginning, a policeman grabs Christopher by the arm and Christopher (due to how he HatesBeingTouched) hits him, and he gets promptly arrested for assault.
** When Christopher finds out that [[spoiler:Ed killed Wellington]], he is terrified because he feels he can't trust [[spoiler:his father]] any more because of how he lied about not only that but the fact that [[spoiler:he told Christopher his mother wad dead, which she wasn't.]]
** [[spoiler:When Judy finds out that Ed told Christopher she was dead, she is furious and treats him to a WhatTheHellHero. Also works the other way, as Ed tells Judy that writing letters to Christopher is no substitute for actually looking after him after she walked out on them both.]]
17th Sep '17 9:36:51 AM nombretomado
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** As discussed below, it's commonly believed that Christopher has AspergerSyndrome but he actually shows lots of signs of being much lower down on the spectrum such as wetting himself and acting years younger than his actual age a lot.

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** As discussed below, it's commonly believed that Christopher has AspergerSyndrome UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome but he actually shows lots of signs of being much lower down on the spectrum such as wetting himself and acting years younger than his actual age a lot.
27th Jul '17 9:51:07 AM trixus
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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, although Chris is confused since in his mind he didn't disobey what his father ''said''.

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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, although Chris is confused since in his mind as he didn't disobey ''did'' also say to stop interrogating people (although he used a more colorful version but so did he when he asked him to stop asking about who killed the "fucking" dog) which makes Christopher so scared he has problem remebering what his father ''said''.happened
14th Jul '17 5:16:28 PM DoctorCooper
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* CursedWithAwesome / BlessedWithSuck: Christopher is a mathematical genius but his social skills are in the negatives.



* ShootTheDog: Someone killed Wellington, and the dog died painfully. [[spoiler: Ed at first doesn't seem to realize why this is horrible.]]



* StaticCharacter: Despite Haddon's insistence that the book is more about Christopher's differing perspective than any specific disorder, he never really gets any characterization beyond his almost cartoonishly extreme AspergersSyndrome.

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* StaticCharacter: Despite Haddon's insistence that the book is more about Christopher's differing perspective than any specific disorder, he never really gets any characterization beyond his almost cartoonishly extreme AspergersSyndrome.UsefulNotes/AspergersSyndrome.
2nd Jul '17 9:36:37 AM ading
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* {{Hypocrite}}: Christopher frequently derides normal people for being illogical, although much of what he does is equally illogical. For example, he feels that it is stupid that some people randomly have bad days. He has a much more logical reason for deciding a day is bad - seeing three yellow cars on the way to school.
** It's perfectly logical to him, and he has a system for thatóthe more red cars he sees in a row, the better his day is. On the flip side, the more ''yellow'' cars he sees, the worse his day gets.
** On the other hand, he is possibly being unintentionally hypocritical, or at least inconsistent, about his personal interests. He maintains a strong disdain for supernatural tales, which he considers a whole big pack of liesóbut he enjoys science fiction, which itself consists of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin fictional]] scenarios that happen to involve science in them. (And even ''they'' they can't be counted on to be accurate either, largely due to RuleOfCool and ScienceMarchesOn.)

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Christopher frequently derides normal people for being illogical, although much of what he does is equally illogical. For example, he feels that it is stupid that some people randomly have bad days. He has a much more logical reason for deciding a day is bad - seeing three yellow cars on the way to school.
** It's perfectly logical to him, and he has a system for thatóthe more red cars he sees in a row, the better his day is. On the flip side, the more ''yellow'' cars he sees, the worse his day gets.
** On the other hand, he is possibly being unintentionally hypocritical, or at least inconsistent, about his personal interests.
school. He maintains a strong disdain for supernatural tales, which he considers a whole big pack of liesóbut he enjoys science fiction, fiction and mystery novels, which itself consists also consist of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin fictional]] fictional scenarios that happen to involve science in them. (And even ''they'' they can't be counted on to be accurate either, largely due to RuleOfCool and ScienceMarchesOn.)


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* StaticCharacter: Despite Haddon's insistence that the book is more about Christopher's differing perspective than any specific disorder, he never really gets any characterization beyond his almost cartoonishly extreme AspergersSyndrome.
24th Jun '17 4:50:57 PM LordOfTheSword
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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.

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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.disobeyed, although Chris is confused since in his mind he didn't disobey what his father ''said''.
19th Jun '17 8:36:03 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: In-universe. To most people, killing Wellington would be a pretty disgusting KickTheDog (no pun intended) moment but not quite the MoralEventHorizon. To Christopher, it is as serious as killing a human being and [[spoiler:his father is a murderer and Christopher must escape from the house because his father could kill anyone, including him]].

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: In-universe. To most people, killing Wellington would be a pretty disgusting KickTheDog (no pun intended) moment but not quite the MoralEventHorizon. To Christopher, it is as serious as killing a human being and [[spoiler:his father is a murderer and Christopher must escape from the house because his father could kill anyone, including him]].
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)]]
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