The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

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Curious Essay Test Asperger’s Syndrome is a social dyslexia which can make the person with the syndrome socially awkward. In The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, the main character, Christopher, possesses many symptoms of Aspergers. There are four main symptoms that Christopher shows continuously throughout the book that make the reader conclude that he is suffering from Aspergers. One symptom of Aspergers that Christopher shows is the difficulty he has reading and communicating through non-verbal social clues, such as body language. “As with speech, a child with Aspergers has difficulty or no skill at all deciphering what a person is saying with facial expressions or body language” (“Aspergers and Body Language”). This is important because Christopher repeatedly explains how hard it is for him to read facial expressions. In Curious, Christopher says, “But it was very difficult to decide which of the diagrams was most like the face they were making because people’s faces move very quickly” (Haddon 3). This shows the frustration Christopher has because reading facial expressions is so difficult for him, and it also explains why Christopher does not like to talk to strangers. Another symptom of Aspergers that Christopher displays is the need for a strict schedule. The second symptom of Aspergers that Christopher possesses is how he follows schedules. An individual with Aspergers “may insist on sameness (i.e. eating only certain foods)” and also “may become angry or upset if their daily routine changes in any way” (“What are the Common Characteristics of Aspergers?”). This is important because Christopher has numerous different schedules and he becomes upset if his schedule changes. In Curious, Christopher says, “And I like timetables because I like to know when everything is going to happen” (Haddon 155). This shows the
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