ESL 132 Reading and Writing III
"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" - Final Draft
Discovering a World Inside an Autistic Mind
Can you imagine the world inside an Autistic mind? I believe that you have never stopped to imagine it. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon it is a realistic and good book that caught my attention. The book showed me a lot of information about Christopher's life. It is an intriguing story. In the beginning, we have no idea that Christopher has learning difficulties. The story it is clear that he is autistic and so we begin to see the world the way he sees it. Christopher is intelligent and he likes a mystery. I would recommend this book because it is about a brilliant and smart autistic boy, it helped me to understand the autistic mind, and it is an interesting story with many curious details. The first reason why I would recommend this book, the story has a brilliant and smart autistic boy. Christopher may be autistic, but his mind works better than others. He is smart. For example: for him, everything has to be in perfect order and to do this in some cases he uses prime numbers because he likes it. Christopher knows to explain how you can find the prime numbers very easier. If I compare him with another kid the same age, I believe that is not going to be easy to find prime numbers like to him. Christopher says: "Chapter in books is usually given the cardinal numbers 1, 2, 3,4,5,6 and so on. But I have decided to give my chapters prime numbers 2,3,5,7,11,13 and so on because I like prime numbers" (11).
Therefore, he will write his book using prime chapter instead. In this book we can find many examples about that way Christopher lives his life. The places he rather be when he is angry or the places that he pretended be when Christopher becomes an adult. He has a special way to see his world that makes him happiest and what does not. Christopher says: "Mr. Jeavons, the psychologist at school, once asked me why 4 red cars in a row made it a Good Day, and 3 red cars in a row made it a Quite Good Day, and 5 red cars in a row made it a Super Good Day, and why 4 yellow cars in a row made it a Black Day, which is a day when I don't speak to anyone and sit on my own reading books and don't eat my lunch and Take No Risks. He said that I was clearly a very logical person, so he was surprised that I should think like this because it wasn't logical" and "Mr. Jeavons said that I was very clever boy"( 24).
Christopher's mind works in perfect way. In the way that leaves the psychologist frightened with his great ability to reason. Actually, I tried to understand how colors and cars in a row can influence him so much. Thus I found that Christopher knows about how good or bad his day will be. Therefore, the autistic mind is a box of surprises with a splendid imagination and an impenetrable mind. Another reason why I would recommended this book, it helped me to understand an autistic mind. Not exactly the ways Christopher think, but the way he likes to be treated. When I see an autistic child it does not go through my head how much they are able to live their lives alone. How they can solve the problems that they find during their days Christopher said: "Then, when I've got a degree in maths, or physics, or maths and physics, I will be able to get a job and earn lots of money and I will be able to pay someone who can look after me and cook my meals and wash my clothes, or I will get a lady to marry me and be my wife and she can look after me so I can have company and not be on my own" (45).
Christopher thinks about his future. How he will guide his footsteps and who will help him in this journey after becoming an adult. Furthermore, inside his own house he is a person not understood. His lack of communications, and lacks of skills, and due some actions in public places that