The Importance Of Empathy In The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time?
If empathy was not a part of everyday life, many people would not be able to bare the cruelty and harshness that the world would behold. Empathy facilitates connections and interactions, which are essential in an environment. It is the identification with another as ourselves, and without this, more sexism, racism, ageism and judgment would result in more hatred, chaos, and violence on the planet. When imagining your life as someone else’s, you can almost feel their emotions and understand their perspective. Christopher, in the novel, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”, he has trouble understanding others. He cannot empathize because he cannot image how others may feel or what they may be thinking. An example of this is his misunderstanding of metaphors due to not knowing what the meaning is or when people use non-verbal communication (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon, 2002, Pg. 16, Chapter 26). He also has a hard time depicting how someone is feeling (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon, 2002, Pg. 4 & 5, Chapter 3). With more social interaction, Christopher will develop the ability to socialize and understand more of human