The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime Essay

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

            There were many indications that the narrator of this story was unusual. An example of this is when he rolls forward on the ground, hunches, and presses his forehead onto the grass (pp. 4, 6). This was his reaction when the owner of the dead dog that he found started screaming upon seeing her dog, as well as when he was being asked too many questions by the policemen who were trying to investigate the situation.

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            The second indication that the narrator of the story was not usual was when he stated that he “cannot tell jokes because he could not understand them” (p.6). Normally, people would not have a hard time understanding that a certain statement or action was a joke. While there are some people who can be considered “slow” in getting the point of a joke, they still get the idea somehow and would not be offended or confused upon hearing or seeing a joke. The narrator, on the other hand, tries to analyze things too much, which makes it hard for him to understand and accept a simple joke.

            The third example that exhibits that the narrator was unusual was when his father came to his aid after being picked up by the police. He was locked up in jail and his father was contacted so that he could be released. When his father arrived at the police station and he was let out of the cell, his father “held up his right hand and spread his fingers out in a fan” (p.11) so that the narrator could do the same and their hands would touch. This was their way of saying “I love you” since the narrator did not like giving or receiving hugs from people, even from his father.