The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime Analysis

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When the word Autism comes up, what comes to mind? A person incapable of doing things on their own, someone who lacks empathy and emotion, or somebody less mentally capable than the average person? This is something Mark Haddon, Author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime wanted to change. Having worked with Autistic children, he knew that they were more than the uneducated stereotype associated with Autism. People with Autism are capable of working on their own, they do have emotions and they are just as smart as anyone else. Because of this desire to create an accurate representation of Autistic people, Haddon’s rhetorical purpose, within his national bestseller, was to end the negative association with autism and show they are not their stereotype. One way Haddon achieves this is through his use of illustration. Throughout the book the method of illustration is prevalent. Using this device the reader gets a greater sense of just how sharp Christopher's memory is, and people who are reading the book can get a better view of the world through his eyes. The illustrations like the wooden puzzles and maps, show how intelligent Christopher really is. Stucky states “Pictures may help…show more content…
Christopher tries to associate an emotion with a face. This alone shows that he has empathy and tried to learn. Haddon also uses pathos to support that Christopher does connect and relate to emotion. Many don’t realize that individuals with Autism have feeling like everyone else. Christopher's emotions had shown through at many points. One emotion he can’t recognize on others he recognizes in himself when he says, “...and i was really scared”(P.122). A reader can see, that throughout the book Christopher is truly trying to not only recognize his emotions, but others as well. This is one of Haddon's efforts to show that Autistic people can connect
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