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    Motifs
    Throughout the novel, plans, maps, drawings, and other visuals illustrate Christopher's need to physically and mentally record the world and his actions within it. Just as Christopher enjoys timetables because they note "when everything is going to happen," lists and pictures help Christopher remember how to predict and deal with certain situations and things.

    Christopher Boone leans on numbers as a logical means to make sense out of the world. When situations, settings, and people confuse or upset him, he turns to mathematical equations to calm himself. Mathematics also represent the future for Christopher; he hopes to pass his A-levels, then go to university where he will study either mathematics or physics and make a new independent life for himself. Numbers also help Christopher keep track of his behavioral problems, his likes and dislikes, and his daily activities.

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    Structure

    Prime numbers make up the most superficial structural element ofThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Because Christopher Boone likes prime numbers, he uses them to order the chapters, rather than cardinal numbers. Prime numbers also reflect the mystery narrative in the novel. In Christopher's opinion, figuring out which numbers are prime is rather like solving a mystery because they "are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away."

    Two mystery narratives frame the story: the murder of Wellington and the secret of Christopher's mother's "death." Just as Christopher details the world to move comfortably through it, he must pay attention to the events of each mystery to solve it. The book follows Christopher's process step by step, clue by clue, until the narratives culminate in the truth near the end of the novel. Among the chapters that push the mysteries closer to revelation, Christopher digresses, filling other chapters with personal thoughts on life, God, stars, and white lies.

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    First-person Point of View

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-timeis written from the first-person point of view. Christopher Boone writes his personal account of a mystery, the murder of Wellington the dog, and along the way, becomes involved in the mystery of his mother's death. Christopher's first-person account is credible and detailed. Perhaps Christopher's autistic condition allows the reader to easily believe him when he claims that he cannot tell lies. In any case, the vast amount of straight-forward, deductive detail that Christopher provides coaxes the reader into believing his tale.

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    Language and Meaning

    The language is simple and straightforward, spoken in the tongue of a fifteen-year-old who "sees everything," cannot tell a lie (although he does occasionally) and believes in nothing that is not real. Occasionally, Christopher's narration becomes bogged down in discussion of abstractions, math or science. His written voice lacks emotion, and his narration is colored with numbered lists, formulas, diagrams and illustrations. Christopher's style reflects his mind, where emotions are nearly impossible to deal with but where logic and math is a refuge.

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    Setting

    The setting is modern England, first in the small town of Swindon, then in London and eventually back to Swindon. Although Christopher's mind goes to the edge of the universe, the scope of Christopher's physical world is sorely limited--at least in the beginning. Before his trek to London, Christopher seldom goes anywhere except home, his special school and the store on the corner to buy sweets. As he begins to investigate Wellington's death, however, he begins to expand his horizons by interviewing his neighbors. During his trip to London, though, Christopher's environment explodes. Every step is a new place, and every destination is a monumental accomplishment, attained through colossal adventures, at least when viewed through Christopher's eyes.

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    Point of View

    Told in the first person, everything inThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Timeis seen through the eyes of Christopher, the fifteen-year-old genius but autistic narrator and is processed through his remarkable mind. The emotional outbursts of those around Christopher are told in a matter-of-fact style that makes episodes of rage somehow distant. The unique perspective of Christopher's logic-seeking and selfish mind colors everything in the narrative. At the same time, Christopher's own behavior is much more understandable from the point of view of his own mind than it might be to an outsider looking in.

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