For this assignment, you are going to use various chapters from How To Read Literature Like A Professor to analyze elements present in The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime.

With your partner, put together a presentation that uses specific examples from both texts that help to prove some element of the novel and its meaning of the work as a whole.

We will present these in class starting on Thursday.

Here are the chapter options:

Chapter 1 — Every Trip Is a Quest (Except When It’s Not)

  • List the five aspects of the QUEST and then apply them to CITDNT.

Chapter 2 — Nice to Eat with You: Acts of Communion

  • Choose a meal from a CITDNT and apply the ideas of Chapter 2 to this literary depiction.

Chapter 3: –Nice to Eat You: Acts of Vampires

  • What are the essentials of the Vampire story? Apply this to CITDNT.

Chapter 4 –Now, Where Have I Seen Her Before?

  • Define intertextuality. Discuss three examples that have helped you in reading CITDNT.

Chapter 5 — When in Doubt, It’s from Shakespeare…

  • Discuss CITDNT that alludes to or reflects Shakespeare. Show how the author uses this connection thematically. Read pages 44-46 carefully. In these pages, Foster shows how Fugard reflects Shakespeare through both plot and theme. In your discussion, focus on theme.

Chapter 6 — …Or the Bible

  • Discuss Biblical allusions that Foster mentions and how they may be present in CITDNT. Be creative and imaginative in these connections.

Chapter 7 — Hanseldee and Greteldum

  • Think of how elements in CITDNT reflects a fairy tale. Discuss the parallels. Does it create irony or deepen appreciation?

Chapter 8 — It’s Greek to Me

  • Are there any connections from Greek Mythology to CITDNT? Explain.

Chapter 9 — It’s More Than Just Rain or Snow

  • Discuss the importance of weather in a CITDNT, not in terms of plot.

Chapter 10 — Never Stand Next To The Hero

  • Describe an example of a secondary character who is killed off in CITDNT. Make sure you explain the significance of this death to the plot. 

Chapter 11 –…More Than It’s Gonna Hurt You: Concerning Violence

  • Present examples of the two kinds of violence found in CITDNT. Show how the effects are different.

Chapter 12 — Is That a Symbol?

  • Use the process described on page 106 and investigate symbolism in CITDNT.

Chapter 13 — It’s All Political

  • Assume that Foster is right and “it is all political.” Use his criteria to show that CITDNT is political.

Chapter 14 — Yes, She’s a Christ Figure, Too

  • Apply the criteria on page 119 to a major character in a CITDNT. Try to choose a character that will have many matches. This is a particularly apt tool for analyzing film — for example, Star Wars, Cool Hand Luke, Excalibur, Malcolm X, Braveheart, Spartacus, Gladiator and Ben-Hur.

Chapter 15 — Flights of Fancy

  • In CITDNT, how might flight signifies escape or freedom. Explain in detail.

Chapter 16 — It’s All About Sex…

Chapter 17 — …Except the Sex

  • OK ..the sex chapters. The key idea from this chapter is that “scenes in which sex is coded rather than explicit can work at multiple levels and sometimes be more intense that literal depictions” (141). In other words, sex is often suggested with much more art and effort than it is described, and, if the author is doing his job, it reflects and creates theme or character. In CITDNT how is sex suggested, but not described, and discuss how the relationship is suggested and how this implication affects the theme or develops characterization.

Chapter 18 — If She Comes Up, It’s Baptism

  • Think of a “baptism scene” from aCITDNT. How was the character different after the experience? Discuss.

Chapter 19 — Geography Matters…

  • Discuss at least four different aspects of CITDNT that Foster would classify under “geography.”

Chapter 20 — …So Does Season

  • Discuss how the author uses the season in a meaningful, traditional, or unusual way in CITDNT

Chapter 21 — Marked for Greatness

  • Select a character from CITDNT with a physical imperfection and analyze its implications for characterization.

Chapter 23 — It’s Never Just Heart Disease…And Rarely Just Illness

  • Recall a character from CITDNT who died of a disease in a literary work. Consider how the deaths reflect the “principles governing the use of disease in literature” (215-217). Discuss the effectiveness of the death as related to plot, theme, or symbolism.

Chapter 26 — Is He Serious? And Other Ironies

  • In CITDNT, explain the multivocal nature of the irony in the work.