The Curious Incident Of The Dog In Night-Time Analysis

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As unfortunate as it may be, millions of people in our country are treated as disadvantaged when they are born with or became diagnosed with a special condition. Some are treated worse than others, based on how serious it may be. Everyone is seen differently based on their appearances and the way that their mind works. What other people think about them may change the way they think about themselves and what their limits are. Based on many factors, some people are judged more frequently and more harshly than others. The novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Christopher, along with millions of others in today’s world, are shown misdirected concerns due to his/her condition, are limited but also advantage over others, and have …show more content…
For example, in the novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time, the protagonist in the book, named Christopher, has autism and is often shown pity when it is not needed. He is felt bad for by his mother when he comes to live with her in London because is Christopher’s autism, but it was actually his idea to come there because he wanted to (Haddon). This shows that Christopher is shown pity almost always when he is somewhere by himself because he seems so dependent on his parents, but at this point in the book Christopher starts to see things for himself and takes action. Another example of how Christopher was given misdirected pity was when Mrs. Alexander felt very bad for Chirstopher when he explained to her that his mother was dead, even though Christopher did not show any negative emotions towards it. He thought he understood what was going on, so he did not feel like he needed any support from anyone at this time. Again, these conditions are good examples of how Christopher did not need pity to keep himself going. Another example includes when disabled individuals such as Aimee Mullins, who had very weak leg bones, have been shown special concerns about their health. She was treated as if she needed special treatment, while unwanted. Although Mullins was treated this way, she worked even harder at her therapy sessions as a child and obtained the strength …show more content…
For example, the novel shows Christopher doing “‘A’ level maths” (Haddon), which is a top high school level class at age 15. This will be a big plus for him as he tries to obtain a job that involves mathematics in the future. He has an advantage in math over the next person, so his autism give him an edge. Another example includes when Haddon depicts Christopher as being able to form a tight schedule every day, which helps him not forget to do anything. Many people in today’s society are quick to forget little details, so this is a great trait that Christopher has. These examples show that certain branches of Christopher’s condition can actually assist him in several aspects of life. On the other hand, a way that his autism was limiting him was that his parents were restricting him from most social interaction due to his behavior around other people. His reaction to people could have resulted in violence or ignoring others. In addition, he limited when he is not able to understand any of the irony of figurative language that any people say to him because Christopher takes everything literally and does not think abstractly. Thinking back, people should not try so hard to point out the limitations of others because they never know what gifts they may

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