Literary Analysis-The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time-Course Project Novel

For this project assignment, you will submit your Literary Analysis paper on the assigned novel selected for the course 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 page
Use the APA template with APA cover and References page attached
Use a minimum of 5 outside resources, in addition to the textbook

Please incorporate some of these words in the paper (I’ve added the meanings for you):


A narrative in which persons, objects, settings, or events represent general concepts, moral qualities, or other abstractions.


The hero or main character of a narrative or drama.


Multiple meanings introduced to increase the complexity of a work.


A writer’s selection of words. Particular patterns or arrangements of words in sentences and paragraphs constitute prose style.


A writer’s way of introducing important earlier material. As a narrator tells a story, he or she may stop the flow of events and direct the reader to an earlier time.


Literature that is strongly identified with a specific place, or with setting concentrated on one geographical area.


A character in some fiction, whose motives and actions work against, or are thought to work against, those of the hero in the story.


Words, gestures, and other actions that suggest future events or outcomes.


A term introduced by Sigmund Freud in the 1930s relating to religious, mythical, or cultural unconscious recognition of images.


A subtle or obvious reference to historical or legendary people, events, or situations. E.g., supernatural beings representing God or Devil. Dadaism

A philosophy that rejected any s form of authority and created works which focused on mocking the establishment in art, music, and literature.


A leading character, male or female, without positive attributes and status found in classic drama.


Total rejection of belief in anything; felt life was “meaningless”.


A 20th-century avant-garde movement in art and literature that sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind (e.g., irrational juxtaposition of images).

Stream of Consciousness

In fiction, the technique designed to represent a character’s inner thoughts, which flow in a stream without grammatical structure, punctuation or apparent coherence.


A kind of fiction that imagines perfect social, moral, and physical worlds for the characters or citizens.


A kind of fiction that is designed to present or demonstrate a moral, religious, political, or other belief or position.


A movement that represented a radical break with conventions of the past, including religion, art, literature, and science.


A kind of fiction that illustrates the negative consequences of a so-called perfect society, usually created by technological advances leading to totalitarianism.


A recurrent theory or belief, as in philosophy or art, that the qualities of chronologically early cultures are superior to those of contemporary civilization. Interior Monologue

An extended speech or narrative, presumed to be thought rather than spoken by a character.


Identification with another’s situation so as to experience similar emotions and physical sensations.


The main idea or underlying meaning that is explored in a story.

Magical Realism

A narrative technique developed by many Caribbean, Central and South American writers who interweave personal daily life and vivid, often fantastical images.


A reference to a concrete image, object, character, pattern, or action whose associations evoke significant meanings beyond the literal ones.


A word or group of words evoking concrete visual, auditory, or tactile associations.

Elements of Fiction

Plot, characters, setting, point of view, style, and theme in a story.

Frame Story

A story that contains another story or stories within it.

Omniscient Narrator

A storyteller who seems to know everything about a story’s events and characters, even their inner feelings.


A way of writing or speaking that asserts the opposite of what the author, reader, and character know to be true.

You can use this in the first paragraph as the thesis:
British author, Mark Haddon, uses a myriad of literary elements to create a mystery novel involving the young fifteen-year-old protagonist Christopher Boone. In this post-modern novel he utilizes stream of consciousness writing and empathy in a first person point of view to showcase Christopher and his heroic quest to search for Wellington, the dogs, killer. Along the way though his journey you see didactic elements and a surprise antagonist is formed that breaks the trust of Christopher Boone.