December 11 2012
This book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time gives the reader the smallest glimpse into Christopher Boone’s life. His parents often struggle living with an autistic child, and how others react to a child with a disorder. The distance between Christopher and his parents, the community, and the people remains vast. All of these things factor into the life of a child with Asperger’s. Others with this disorder are often thought of as "little professors who can't understand social cues." This leaves a wide gap between people with autism and the rest of the world.
Although the word is not mentioned in the book, Christopher does suffer from Asperger's syndrome, which is an autistic spectrum disorder. This means that Christopher expresses himself in a simple and straightforward way and cannot understand common modes of signaling. For example, he says “I find people confusing. This is for two main reasons. The first main reason is that people do a lot of talking without using any words...The second main reason is that people often talk using metaphors.”(Haddon, 10) Christopher does not understand the typical “signals” that people use to communicate. For instance raising an eyebrow, which Siobhan explains to him, it can mean “I want to do sex with you” (Haddon, 11) and it can also mean, “I think that what you just said was very stupid.” (Haddon, 11)
He says himself “My name...means carrying Christ...Mother used to say that it meant Christopher was a nice name because it was a story about being kind and helpful, but I do not want my name to mean a story about being kind and helpful. I want my name to mean me.” (Haddon, 101) Christopher's father fans out his fingers and touches Christopher “and it means that he loves me.” (Haddon, 102) Christopher’s father holds his hand in a fan because Christopher does not like being touched or hugged, which is another mystery to his Autistic...
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