Autism Verses Intimate Sibling Relationship

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Autism verses an Intimate Sibling Relationship “Autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function. Individuals with Autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities.” (Schoenstadt, 1) In, “Where I Work,” the main character and narrator of the story, is Joyce. She is a woman the reader assumes to be in her early thirties with some kind of disorder or illness. The reader is lead to believe this from the beginning of the story when Joyce first mentions the kind of work she does. Joyce works in a factory sewing pockets. She is relatively new to her job, but she states that the foremen believes that within the first week of work she should have picked up on how to make the pockets and should be moving at a rather quick speed, eventually catching up to some of the veterans of the factory. Joyce begins the story by talking about how her brother told her she should not tell a lie at the factory, because if she does she could get fired. Most people who are of a ‘normal’ learning pace and mind development know far earlier in life that you should not lie, especially if it were in your place of business. The story beginning in this way sets a tone and an understanding to the reader that Joyce may be suffering from a form of mental illness. She seems to need more help than the other ‘new-hires,’ she works at a much slower pace, and she seems to be very awkward in social situations. Joyce is asked about her ‘love-life’ while eating lunch with her co-workers. Most people would respond to questions about their love-life with an answer that is socially acceptable. Joyce however does not; she states, “I would marry my brother in an instant, though he is sinister and disrespectful.” In society, it is illegal to have
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