The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night -Time - Form, structure and language

1

Read this extract from the play and answer the following questions:

Christopher
I’m sorry.
Ed
It’s OK.
Christopher
I didn't kill Wellington.
Ed
I know. Christopher you have to stay out of trouble, OK?
Christopher
I didn't know I was going to get into trouble. I like Wellington and I went to say hello to him, but I didn't know that someone had killed him.
Ed
Just try and keep your nose out of other people’s business.
Christopher
I am going to find out who killed Wellington.
Ed
Were you listening to what I was saying, Christopher?
Christopher
Yes I was listening to what you were saying but when someone gets murdered you have to find out who did it so that they can be punished.
Ed
It’s a bloody dog Christopher, a bloody dog.
Part One

Ed says 'It’s OK' and 'you have to stay out of trouble OK?' what does this dialogue show about his character?

2

Christopher states 'when someone gets murdered you have to find out who did it so that they can be punished.' What is motivating him here?

3

Ed says 'bloody dog Christopher, a bloody dog'. What is his motivation for saying this?

4

How does this extract show that the play is a family drama?

5

How does this extract show that the play is a crime drama?

6

Read this extract from the play and answer the following questions:

Siobhan
Well, we’re meant to be writing stories today so why don’t you write about what happened to Wellington?
Christopher
OK I will.
Siobhan
I can help you.
Christopher
Will you help me with the spelling and the grammar and the footnotes?
Ed
Christopher, I’m sorry your mother’s died. She’s had a heart attack. It wasn't expected.
Christopher
What kind of heart attack?
Ed
I don’t know what kind of heart attack. Now isn't the moment Christopher to be asking questions like that.
Christopher
It was probably an aneurysm.
Ed
I’m sorry Christopher, I’m really sorry.
Mrs Shears’ house is assembled.
Siobhan
That evening I went round to Mrs Shears' house and knocked on the door and waited for her to answer it.
Mrs Shears answers her door. She is drinking a cup of tea.
Mrs Shears
What are you doing here?
Christopher
I wanted to come and tell you that I didn't kill Wellington. And also I want to find out who killed him.
Part One

The play is a 'bildungsroman' where the main character grows and develops. How does Christopher show that he is growing as a character here?

7

Siobhan speaks Christopher’s voice here. Why is this unusual?

8

How is time and space used in this extract?

9

When the action jumps from place to place it helps to reflect what?

10

Siobhan says 'we’re meant to be writing stories today' how does this show that the play is a play within a play?