What is the main theme in the novel the curious incident of the dog in the night time?Explain the theme

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"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time" is primarily known as a story about an autistic boy and about the structure of his world and the way he makes sense of things around him.  So little is known about autism but its incidence and diagnosis appears to be increasing at a rapid rate and this novel attempts to show what the inner workings of a young boy with autism are like.

The story demonstrates some of the Christopher's habits that are considered abnormal, habitual counting, a very straight-forward view of things without nuance, his difficulty in reading and reacting to emotions in other people as well as a lack of corresponding emotions within himself.  All of these go along with the very complex character of Christopher and help to point out what some consider flaws while also pointing out the great strength that he has which other children lack or do not develop.


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