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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

In Mark Haddon’s novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, we get to see the world from an autistic perspective through Christopher’s eyes. We are able to experience the confusion of the world and the difficulty of understanding all of the complex human emotions along with him. Christopher fantasizes about being an astronaut, alone in space and about being the only person left in the world. These fantasies contradict some notions regarding how people have a tendency to isolate and distance themselves from the disabled, placing the disabled in a sympathetic light, meanwhile Christopher desires to isolate and distance himself from them; this perspective does not insist that he wants to be alone because he dislikes all people, but it is the idea that he already feels so separate from people, that being alone will just make the world less confusing than it already is.

Christopher believes that he could make a very good astronaut because he is intelligent, good with machines and would like being on his own in a tiny spacecraft away from everything. He emphasizes that he must go alone or have his own part of the spacecraft where no one else can come in. He dreams about no one being near him for thousands and thousands of miles. Christopher does not want to go into space because he despises people, instead, he knows if he is by himself in a spacecraft, he will not always have to face the everyday confusions like reading peoples face expressions, trying to figure out what they mean or have people touch him when he hates being touched or people talking and joking in ways that he does not understand what they are really trying to say. If Christopher is not fantasizing about being totally alone, than he is fantasizing about the only people left in the world are special like him.

One of his favorite dreams are the ones he has about nearly everyone being dead except for the people who don’t look at each other’s faces and who don’t know what different facial expressions mean. He likes this idea because since they are like they him, they also want to be  on their own.  This means they will not try and touch him or talk to him and he will not get confused or angry. At first this dream might read as creepy and wrong to readers because Christopher does talk about breaking into families homes who are dead, taking their clothes, driving their cars and than going home to fathers house which is now Christopher’s home. But, it’s not that imagining people dead that makes him happy, it is simply that he would be in control of what he wants to do and when he wants to do it, without anyone interfering with him.

Christopher’s inability to understand human emotions and difficulty with communicating with people makes him dream about a world where those problems do not exist. He realizes if the only people left were like him, everything would be quieter and he could walk out of his house and go to public places without worrying about what might happen if he does.  He dreams about isolating himself from people in the hopes that the world will make sense to him.

Word Count 572

Written by skeser88

December 7th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

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