Normality In The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

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“Normality is to be different. Every person is a different person. And one day you need to be aware of your difference. Aware that you are not the same as the others. That is to be normal.” Through his quote, Alejandro Jodorowsky creates a reflection upon what he thinks the idea of normality in society should be. ("Alejandro Jodorowsky Quotes." BrainyQuote.com). In the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Haddon alludes the idealistic thoughts on normality in today's society. In the world today, society expects the individuals to conform to what is thought to be normal. As humans, one strives to adapt to societal standards. Normality within society is considered something different for those that refuse to conform to the expectations…show more content…
He uses Christophers language and communication to unveil the reality of the idealistic thoughts of normality in society. If one can’t interact with others the way one is thought to, they are not considered normal by society's standards. One that is socially awkward can’t be deemed normal per society's expectations. Christopher communicates in an effortless and honest way. In the Novel, Haddon signals the difference in how people deal with encounters. When Christopher associates with Mrs. Alexander, he chooses to not make small talk with her. Haddon helps his readers understand how Christopher is feeling when he says “I didn’t reply to this either because Mrs. Alexander was doing this thing called chatting.” (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, 40). The truth about normality through communication and language is brought to light. People handle encounters with others differently. It is normal to interact with one another through words and speaking. Upon further review of society's views on normality, one is to interact directly with the words spoken. In his novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night- Time, Haddon focuses on the ideal normality of interactions by expressing that Christopher does not like to be touched, therefore both Christopher's father and Christopher fan out their fingers and make their fingers and thumbs touch “and it means that he loves me” (16). Society's standards of the normality of communicating are very much wrong, and being able to understand Christopher's communication revealed the
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