**********PLEASE FOLLOW THE ATTACHED RUBRIC**********For this project assignment, you will submit your Literary Analysis paper on “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” by Mark Haddon , which should focus on three or more elements of fiction to show how this novel is an example of modern literature in both theme and style. Please review the literary terms explored in this course. These will help you to develop the ideas and concepts you chose to examine in your paper.Technical Requirements:6-7 pages in length, not including cover page and references pageUse the APA template with APA cover and References page attachedUse a minimum of 5 outside resources, in addition to the textbookAt least three of the five resources need to be from the Rasmussen Online Library. The remaining articles should be from credible sources.
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Mod 05: Course Project Scoring Rubric
Criteria
Points
Length of Literary Analysis: 6-7 pages, not including the APA cover and references page. This is
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in essay format. Indent all paragraphs. You may as an option use bold headings per APA for the
literary terms you have chosen for each section of the paper. It is not necessary to include the
outline from Module 04.
Introduction: Clear focused introduction that clearly states the purpose of the analysis, states the
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author and the novel in the opening sentence and uses 1 or more quotes from the text to support
the introduction to the thesis.
Thesis: Thesis statement is a clear statement of purpose and contains 3 or more aspects of the
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novel that the paper will focus on in the body. Thesis Statement is the last sentence of opening
(first) paragraph.
Body of Paper: Clearly focused on the three aspects specified in the thesis. Examples from the
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text and the five outside resources should be used to support the student’s opinion and analysis.
The paper should be written in 3rd person only. There should be a mixture of the student’s
interpretation, supported with direct quotes and summaries from the text and resources with intext citations. No use of I, you, your, we, us in the paper. The paper should be written in
3rd person only.
Resources: All five resources must be formatted per APA rules and listed in alphabetical order on
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the separate References page that is included after the last page of the paper. Included should be
the complete reference, along with the retrieval or hyperlink to the article. Links alone are not
adequate references.
APA, Grammar, Punctuation, and Mechanics: The paper should be free of grammar, punctuation,
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and APA issues.
Total
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Thesis
“Christopher struggles with autism and being a teenager while trying to solve the mystery of
who killed the neighbor’s dog.”
You will examine the main character’s autism and how it effects his communication and
interaction with others. You will examine how being a teenage effects Christopher, especially
his relationship with his parents. And you will explain how this novel fit the literary genre of
mystery.
The novel “The Curious Incident of the dog in the night-time” was authored by Mark
Haddon. It was released in the year 2003 as a Mystery novel. The title of the book is a marketing
strategy that helps to appeal to both the older generation and the youths. The book is written in
the first person as the narrator gives his story (Haddon, 2003). A teenager by the name
Christopher gives his account. He lives with his single father and believes that his mother died
some years ago. He has some behavioral conditions as he is affected by autism. His disability
makes him struggle to understand people and what is in their minds. His struggles make him to
even speculate about the thoughts and feelings of other people in the novel as he goes on with his
narration. Autism makes one have a photographic memory and makes him so much good in
mathematics. People with his condition seem to lack the emotional part of the human (Haddon,
2003). They describe any events that occur in their lives exactly as they happen without leaving
any details but without the moving part of humans. This makes the audience or the readers to get
more information that he gives as he can fill in the gaps that the narrator leaves that are
emotionally engaging. He is so much into simplicity and familiarity, and this is seen in his
sentence structure which resembles those of kids (Haddon, 2003). Christopher has a detective
mind, and that’s what interests him. He hates reading novels as he believes that they are just fairy
tales without facts. He loves to learn about detective works that make him engage his brain and
challenge himself. That is the reason that his teacher encourages him to learn and do some
investigative work. That’s the reason that makes the narrator do some investigative work to
unveil the death of his neighbor’s dog (Haddon, 2003). Doing this causes him to not only reveal
the end of the dog, but also the whereabouts of his mother who he discovers was alive and living
in London with the husband to the dog’s owner.
The reader may find reading about the story of Christopher boring but as he narrates his
thoughts but when he talks about the things that interests, he gives us an offset to the narration.
His interest in prime numbers is one of the most interesting parts about him. Christopher explains
that he wants everything on him to be about him. That’s why he doesn’t like his name as its
meaning does not associate with him (Haddon, 2003). He wants people to do and be associated
with things that only care about them. That’s why the numbers his novel using prime numbers as
that’s what interests him and affects him personally.
The favorite book by the narrator is “The Hound of the Baskervilles” which is a Sherlock
Holmes story about a killer dog (Haddon, 2003). Like Sherlock Holmes, he views the world
logically and analytically which is different from what many people think. He wants to use
reasons and not feelings and emotions to solve problems which is what a top detective should do.
He admires the detective Sherlock Holmes that’s why the novel borrows so much from the
Sherlock Holmes mysteries starting with the titles and also the false leads that the narrator
describes as he continues with his detective works.
The novel focuses much on the Asperger’s syndrome that the narrator suffers from. The
condition makes one has difficulties in communicating with the people around him and also have
some problems in relaying information without showing emotions or thinking about the
emotional effects of the information being relayed (Haddon, 2003). This condition is a kind of
mild autism characterized with people who are extremely gifted but lack the interpersonal skills
that make them socialize with difficulties.
This novel helps us to see how the narrator can deal with his disability and make the best
out of his life. People living with the Asperger’s syndrome can live a meaningful life if they get
the best support system and get people who understand them, care for them and even get a selfindependent that they yearn for. Christopher makes us know that we should always do what is
associated with us and makes us comfortable.
Annotated Bibliography
1. Wooden, S. R. (2011). Narrative medicine in the literature classroom: Ethical pedagogy
and Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Literature and
Medicine, 29(2), 274-296.
This article discusses the medical and ethical perspective of the book. It explains the mild
autism that Christopher suffers from a medical perspective. The condition enables the narrator to
see life from a logical standpoint. The article tells us of the psychological effects that the
discovery that the young boy makes about his father and his mother being alive makes him make
logical decisions which are to go to London and search for his mother (Wooden, 2011). The
article helps us to know the things that the mother of the narrator did that one should not do
when dealing with special needs kids. It talks on how one should deal with the kids with autism.
It helps us to know how some life matters like divorce and learning of dishonest caregivers can
hurt kids suffering from this condition (Wooden, 2011). It allows us to know when one should
look at the child’s needs when making important marriage decisions like separation. It tells us on
when the needs of the child are more important than the emotional needs of the parent. In this
case, the parent should compromise their differences and strive to give the child combined
parenting that will ensure that they are not disadvantaged. It also tells us of the ethics that lie in
the book. It helps us to know that one should not make easy conclusions but should first see the
matter at hand look at the circumstances. It helps us to know that there is no person whose
approach cannot be criticized as everybody makes mistakes and irrational decisions.
2. Kurtts, S. A., & Gavigan, K. W. (2017). Understanding (dis) abilities through children’s
literature. Education Libraries, 31(1), 23-31.
This article articulates how as a society we should be willing and able to understand the
children with disabilities. The report shows that children who have some limitations should
always be made to feel that they are not alone in their lives. Parents, teachers and caregivers
should show compassion and also lead the students in identifying literature that shows that they
are not alone in their disabilities (Kurtts & Gavigan, 2017). Doing that will also help them to
have a deeper understanding of their condition and even of themselves. The article also
articulates that society should be made to understand the terms and doing this will help in
understanding them and treating them with dignity and respect. Thus, the education system
should be able to have some learning about people with special needs in the curriculum. Doing
that will ensure that children with disabilities feel that they are part of society and have equal
opportunities to progress in their lives as both people and professionals (Kurtts & Gavigan,
2017). Thus, the article helps the educational fraternity to know that they should instill teachers
with the right skills that will help them to understand how to deal with the students with
disabilities.
3. Muller, V. (2006). Constituting Christopher: Disability Theory and Mark Haddon’s’ The
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’. Papers: Explorations into Children’s
Literature, 16(2), 118.
This article talks about how disabilities should be classified in the same cadre as race, class
and gender. Limitations are one of the things that people are discriminated against, and thus
people should create awareness about it (Muller, 2006). It discusses limitations from the social
and medical perspective. It is therefore essential to know where to put the boundaries on how to
deal with people with disabilities especially the kids. The children needed to feel respected and
loved consequently they should be treated with compassion and love which requires an
understanding of their condition from society (Muller, 2006). This article articulates about a
relaxed view of the people with disabilities which will help in bringing a better society for all of
us.
4. Burks-Abbott, G. (2007). 16 Mark Haddon’s Popularity and Other Curious Incidents in
My life as an Autistic. Autism and representation, 289.
This book talks on how the Asperger’s syndrome affects a person. It tries to explain to us
what goes in the mind of a person with the condition (Burks-Abbott, 2007). The book tells the
true nature of the life of a person with this condition and how they should be treated in society.
5. Draaisma, D. (2009). Stereotypes of autism. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal
Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 364(1522), 1475-1480.
This article gives us an insight into the people with autism and the disorders that come with
the condition. It follows the psychiatrist explanation of the disease and how people in the society
should understand the disease. It serves as a critic of the presentations, novels and TV programs
that talk about autism (Draaisma, 2009). It gives a clear explanation on whether this pieces of art
and literature ethically present autism or not. It gives us a clear picture of how the pieces of art
show us about those disorders and how it is in reality (Draaisma, 2009). It tries to dispute the
notion that paints autistic children as people with super brains and who are incredibly gifted.
6. Park, C. C. (2003). The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Psychiatric
Services, 54(12), 1661-1661.
This paper explains what goes in the lives of people with autism. It gives a clear explanation
of how they are challenged socially as they have problems in communicating with their peers.
The paper helps in knowing the challenges that those people face (Park, 2003). He gives special
appreciation to Haddon for giving us a book that takes us in the day to day lives of people with
autism (Park, 2003). This will make us respect and treat those people with consideration and
compassion. It explains to us the good things that can happen when people with disabilities have
caring parents and societies.
References
Burks-Abbott, G. (2007). 16 Mark Haddon’s Popularity and Other Curious Incidents in My life
as an Autistic. Autism and representation, 289.
Draaisma, D. (2009). Stereotypes of autism. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of
London B: Biological Sciences, 364(1522), 1475-1480.
Haddon, M. (2003). The curious incident of the dog in the night-time. New York: Doubleday.
Kurtts, S. A., & Gavigan, K. W. (2017). Understanding (dis) abilities through children’s
literature. Education Libraries, 31(1), 23-31.
Muller, V. (2006). Constituting Christopher: Disability Theory and Mark Haddon’s’ The Curious
Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’. Papers: Explorations into Children’s Literature, 16(2),
118.
Park, C. C. (2003). The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Psychiatric Services,
54(12), 1661-1661.
Wooden, S. R. (2011). Narrative medicine in the literature classroom: Ethical pedagogy and
Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Literature and Medicine,
29(2), 274-296.

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