Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

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The mind of an autistic person is fascinating and frightening because usually their actions can’t accurately express what their brain is thinking. It is frustrating to try and determine what a child with autism is trying to say, and often results in them being misunderstood. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon, tells the story from the perspective of Christopher Boone, a fifteen year old boy with autism. Chris is brilliant at math and science, but is unable to understand or express emotion. His difficult home life further contributes to his illness; he doesn’t have anyone at home who supports him and tries to help him. His teacher, Siobhan, is his only friend and the only person who tries to help him learn to…show more content…
At the beginning of the novel he says, “This book will not be funny. I cannot tell jokes because I cannot understand them.” Not only can Chris not tell jokes, but he also can’t determine or express human emotion. When his mother was in the hospital, he wanted to visit her because he liked the uniforms and machines in hospitals, not because she was sick. On the day she died, he noted in his journal his Scrabble score, and that he ate Spaghetti for dinner. This was rather disturbing to read; it was difficult not to be angry and disgusted with Chris for not mourning the loss of his mother. It is, however, essential to remember that he does not know any better, and couldn’t process his own feelings of sadness. I then felt sorry for Christopher; the severity of his disease was shown when he wasn’t even capable of feeling anything when his own mother died. Even though emotions can be tormenting, it is far worse to feel nothing than to feel pain. Christopher’s lack of emotion does not end with his mother’s death. He absolutely hates being touched by others, he hits a person if they try to make contact with him. He also does not like strangers; anything unfamiliar to Chris is not welcome in his world as far as he is concerned. He hates the colors yellow and brown, and determines if it will be a good day by the number of colored cars he sees; 4 red cars means it will be a good day, but 3 yellow cars is a bad sign. This
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