History Literature / TheCuriousIncidentOfTheDogInTheNightTime

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.
29th Jan '17 4:53:14 PM JustTroper
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* MocksteryTale: The book starts with the protagonist's discovery of a dog speared with a garden fork. The novel appears to take the direction of an amateur sleuth trying to unravel the mystery, but soon devolves into said sleuth talking about his own life, [[spoiler:eventually leading to a revelation that spurs him to leave the city in search of his mother.]]
9th Jan '17 5:12:22 AM axle-k89
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Chris, although you can't really blame him. Also, Chris's parents.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Chris, Christopher, although you can't really blame him. Also, Chris's Christopher's parents.



* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler: Judy left Chris and Ed to pursue her affair with Mr. Shears.]] When Chris shows up [[spoiler: years later, Mr. Shears leaves Judy.]]

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* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler: Judy left Chris and Ed to pursue her affair with Mr. Shears.]] When Chris Christopher shows up [[spoiler: years later, Mr. Shears leaves Judy.]]



* NoNameGiven: We don't find out the names of his father or mother until well into the book (Ed and Judy). In universe too, when people ask him who his parents are (expecting a name) he only answers "Mother" or "Father."

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* NoNameGiven: Subverted with Christopher's parents. We don't find out the names of his father or mother until well into the book (Ed and Judy). In universe too, when people ask him who his parents are (expecting a name) he only answers "Mother" or "Father."
6th Nov '16 9:02:43 AM Ymirsdaughter
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* DisproportionateRetribution: To some, Christopher's conviction that [[spoiler: his father]] should go to jail for killing the dog, Wellington seems like this, but for Chris himself, who understands and empathizes with dogs more than human beings, this is entirely [[JustifiedTrope justified]]. [[note]]However, in the United States, an animal abuse criminal database is being created, and you can get ''prosecuted'' for animal cruelty.[[/note]]

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* DisproportionateRetribution: To some, Christopher's conviction that [[spoiler: his father]] should go to jail for killing the dog, Wellington seems like this, but for Chris himself, who understands and empathizes with dogs more than human beings, this is entirely [[JustifiedTrope justified]]. [[note]]However, in the United States, Kingdom, where the story takes place, an animal abuse criminal database is being created, and you can get ''prosecuted'' for animal cruelty.[[/note]][[/note]]
** [[spoiler:Leaving your autistic son because you decide you can't cope with his idiosyncracies]] also seems somewhat over the top.
* DissonantSerenity: While real autistics tune out or even blackout when overloaded or having a meltdown/shutdown, Christopher calmly narrates his. Possibly averted in that he is writing a book, and may be describing what others have told him about what he does.
30th Oct '16 3:01:49 AM jtvjan
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* SubwaysSuck: Chris is overwhelmed by sensory overload in the LondonUnderground: the noises, the advertisements, and especially the people. At one point he goes down onto the Underground tracks to rescue his rat Toby ''even as the train is bearing down on them both''.

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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.
* SubwaysSuck: Chris Christopher is overwhelmed by sensory overload in the LondonUnderground: the noises, the advertisements, and especially the people. At one point he goes down onto the Underground tracks to rescue his rat Toby ''even as the train is bearing down on them both''.
27th Apr '16 9:17:41 PM OneKnightInBangkok
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* CriticalResearchFailure: May as well be the name of the novel, as far as autism is concerned. Possibly intentional on the part of the author, who admits to doing [[http://www.markhaddon.com/aspergers-and-autism no research on the subject]].
27th Apr '16 9:16:52 PM OneKnightInBangkok
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* CriticalResearchFailure: May as well be the name of the novel, as far as autism is concerned. Possibly intentional on the part of the author, who admits to doing [[http://www.markhaddon.com/aspergers-and-autism no research on the subject]].
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