The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Many of the most brilliant and prestigious people in this world have reportedly suffered form the insidious disease of Autism. Some of whom are Albert Einstein, Thomas Jefferson, Michelangelo, Isaac Newton, and Andy Warhol. What may you ask do the following people have in common? They have all single handily made some of the most advanced contributions and theories of our time, allowing us a basis for more advanced studies today. The novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, tells a story of the main protagonist Christopher Boone as he battles many of the presenting challenges of a child diagnosed with autism. The probing novel explores many of the daily challenges Christopher faces, how he overcomes these challenges and who his accomplices are while facing these issues. Author Mark Haddon allows readers to see into the tainted mind of an extraordinary child with this disease and how he overcomes his inability to adapt to the challenges bestowed upon him.

The obstacles Chris encounters are not that of your typical 15 year old boy. Chris’s problems to the normal eye would not matter and be considered trivial, however because of Chris’ excessive need for everything in his life to be organized and structured he does not allows himself to eat food that touches on his plate. Christopher explains to readers the inner workings of the complexity of his mind: “He was asking too many questions and he was asking them too quickly. They were stacking up in my head like loaves in the factory where Uncle Terry works. The factory is a bakery and he operates the slicing machines. And sometimes a slicer is not working fast enough but the bread keeps coming and there is a blockage” (Haddon, page: 7). This presents many challenges in the Boone family when raising a child who has a vast need for everything to be so structured. Lack of structure causes a blockage as Christopher previously explained followed by a melt down consisting of; banging his head against...
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