The Curious Incident Analysis

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It is important to be educated about sensitive topics before writing irresponsible literature. The Curious Incident, written by Mark Haddon is a novel about a teenage boy, Christopher, who is ignorantly portrayed as autistic, based off of common stereotypes. Christopher finds a dead dog in his neighborhood and later learns that his father is the murderer. He then goes on a dangerous adventure to find his mom in London by himself. In the novel, The Curious Incident, Mark Haddon inaccurately and irresponsibly represents autism by doing no research before writing the book, putting Asperger’s on the book jacket, and stereotyping a mental disorder whilst having no knowledge of it. The original copy of the novel claims that Christopher has Asperger’s…show more content…
Although, since Haddon did not do any research on the disorder before writing and originally falsely claimed him as having Asperger’s, this makes his writing irresponsible. Christopher states that his “memory is like a film. That is why I (Christopher) am really good at remembering things, like the conversations I have written down in this book” (Haddon 96). Christopher has an astonishing memory which leads readers to think he is autistic. He can remember things word for word, and describe things perfectly in detail. This makes readers think he is autistic, which is a stereotype. Mark Haddon, having done no research on autism, perceives autistic people to have a great memory and this is how he displays Christopher in the novel. In various instances in the novel, Christopher wishes “to look out of a little window in the spacecraft and know that there was no one else near me for thousands and thousands of miles…I can pretend I'm in space” (Haddon 66). This is an example from the book when Christopher describes wanting to be in space alone. He dreams of being an astronaut, and the thought of being all alone in a place far away from Earth calms him. Once again, this is a misinterpretation of how autistic people act. People, including Mark Haddon, stereotype autistic people and assume they want to have no social interaction. Haddon misguides readers into thinking all autistic
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