Finding Order in Disability in Mark Haddon's “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”.


  • Azeena A G D Holy Cross College (Autonomous), Tiruchirapalli -2.


Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Autism, Disability Studies, Asperger's Syndrome, Behavioural Studies.


The human mind is one of the most complex organs in defining humanity. It is the mind that notonly shapes human behavior but also shapes society as a whole. When the mind works differently from the usual, the behavior and demeanor of the human changes. Though the world views it as disorder, people with such disorders too have order in their life. Disability studies in literature paves the way for us to understand the order in the lives of the disordered. This paper focuses on analyzing the protagonist Christopher's behaviour and demeanor from the novel “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon. The main aim of the study is to unravel and figure out how the mind of Christopher works. He has a developental disorder called Asperger’s syndrome, where people have difficulties to connect with others socially. Their thinking patterns and demeanor are rigid and repetitive. Mark Haddon’s narrative skillfully navigates through Christopher’s mind and behaviour and helps us expand the limited knowledge that we have towards Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and what living with the condition
entails. This novel stands as an exceptional chance to overcome the wrong assumptions and stigmas one has towards autism.


Disability Studies - Literary Theory and Criticism. Literariness,

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