Society’s Handicapping in the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

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Sarah Mello Honors English 9 10-4-14 Mr. Haas Society’s Handicapping in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime Many disabled people live in a world that is not designed for them, and not many people understand them. “Sometimes people are born with disabilities, but it’s the communities that handicap them.” –Anonymous. Our society is designed so that those with even the slightest flaw are considered outcast. Those who cannot understand what the majority of people can are normally swept to the side or forgotten about when those who are considered “normal” go through everyday life. In The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, by Mark Haddon, Christopher, the protagonist, experienced this handicapping because he has Aspergers. In the book, Christopher’s father told him that he had killed their neighbor’s dog, Wellington. Because Christopher was too scared to live with his father since he thought he was a murderer, he began his journey to London to find his mother. While he was trying to get to his mother, Christopher saw and experienced many things that did not make sense to him. Although Christopher was born with Aspergers, the community handicapped him more than his disability did when he was on his own. When Christopher was traveling to London to find his mom, he encountered many obstacles because the world is not set up for a person with his disability. When Christopher was in the train station in Swindon, he became really uncomfortable because of all the people trying to get to and from their trains. On page 145, Christopher explains how he was feeling. “It was like standing on a cliff in a really strong wind because it made me feel giddy and sick because there were lots of people walking into and out of the tunnel and it was really echoey and there was only one way to go and that was down the tunnel, and it smelled of toilets

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