Christopher Boone's Social Issues

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a mystery novel written by Mark Hadden. It was first published in 2003, and it quickly became popular. The story follows fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone. Christopher suffers from an unspecified illness, which results in difficulties when it comes to social situations. The book’s synopsis mentions Asperger’s Syndrome, but this description is not found anywhere inside the book. For the sake of this essay, I will assume the unspecified illness Christopher suffers from is Asperger. Because of this illness, Christopher shows signs of behavioural problems. In this essay, I will discuss whether Christopher’s atypical behaviour is a serious problem, or whether he is out of place in a society facilitated for neurotypical individuals. Christopher’s atypical behaviour includes difficulties understanding irony and facial expression,…show more content…
In theory, all members of society should have the same opportunities, yet this is rarely the case. Instead of adjusting public spaces, so that they are open for all, we create a society facilitated for the majority of us. People on the autism spectrum may perceive this as unfair, as the majority are more adept at conforming to change. The people with the ability to adjust are the ones who does not have to. In essence, we create a community without room for the autistic, and then complain when they find this unfair. People like Christopher cannot find their place in this society. Their attempts at conforming are met with rude comments and a lack of compassion. It is not difficult to avoid anger and irritation when in contact with autistic individuals, yet we find this easier than confronting our own pride and prejudice. We exclude the minority, and then blame them for not fitting in. All of this results in a society where we would rather turn towards acrimony than
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