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Visual Essay Eng9H P3

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Patrick Lee

on 7 November 2014

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"I had to get out of the house. Father had murdered Wellington. That meant he could murder me, because I couldn't trust him, even though he had said 'Trust me,' because he had told a lie about a big thing" (Chapter 167).
Our Claim:
Christopher's incredibly logical approach on everything restricts his ability to socialize and comprehend emotion.
"Then I stopped reading because I felt sick... Mother had not died. And father had lied about this.
I tried to think if there was any other explanation but I couldn't think of one" (chapter 157).
"Mr. Jeavons said I like maths because it was safe... And what he meant was that maths wasn't like life because in life there are no straight forward answers at the end" (Haddon 61-62)
Christopher identifies his uncomfortable feeling as purely physical; instead of feeling sad, angry, or confused, Christopher just feels sick. He is unable to connect his feelings with actual emotions. He also immediately attempts to think of another explanation, instead of feeling accusatory or jumping to conclusions, as an "average" child would have done. His mind instantly reverts to logic for comfort.
"And he said, 'You are a prize specimen, aren't you.'
And I said, 'Where do I get a ticket for the train from?' because he hadn't answered my question" (Haddon 45).

Commentary:
HE'S GOING TO KILL ME!!!
Commentary:
Because of his logical approach, Christopher is not capable of understanding his father's feelings and emotions, thus he is not gregarious and is unable to communicate properly with his father nor understand his father's reasoning for murdering Wellington. Christopher logically thinks that since his father had murdered a dog, his father is a murderer and could murder anyone. However, an "average" person would not have gone to the conclusion that their father would murder them, even though he may have killed a dog.
Class Discussion Question:
Click this link to take a fun quiz about the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime!

http://www.goodreads.com/quizzes/9128-the-curious-incident-of-the-dog-in-the-night-time-quiz

Believe me, there are some questions that are pretty easy. But there are also some questions that are pretty hard to answer!
Christopher is not good at speaking to people, especially ones he has just met. The quote comes from a conversation between Christopher and a policeman when he is on his way to his mother's house. The policeman makes a remark regarding Christopher's intelligence after briefly speaking to him. Christopher is smart, much smarter than most people his age and even most adults, so it's ironic that the policeman's first impression of Christopher is of someone who can't understand basic instructions on how to board a train. Christopher's inability to socialize makes it hard for people to really understand how smart he is.

Patrick Lee
Hannah Song
Ben
Emily McLaughlin Sta. Maria
Do you think that Christopher could write such an accessible book with his lack of communication skills?
Christopher has a fantasy where everyone on earth is dead, except for people "like him". However all these people would fear/not understand social interaction. Do you think Christopher would honestly get along better with people like him or would he get along better with "normal people"? Would the common fear of social interaction bring Christopher and others closer together or cause them to avoid each other?
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
By: Mark Haddon
I think Christopher is, in a way, dealing with a
mental trade off he has no power to control.
The main pinnacle of this argument being his ability to work and solve extremely difficult problems by just thinking them out logically. However the trade off of this is when approaching a social or psychological dilemma he attempts to tackle them with same stalwart logic. This is where his main problem lies; as my quote stated people around him see a blossoming in him when tackling something like math, however when attempting to tackle socially challenging situations, he cannot achieve anything and may even have a breakdown. For example, when riding on the subway he begins to experience traumatic feelings just being within such close proximity to other people and hides in a closet to stop these. This is why I believe Christopher's extreme aptitude for logic can cause him significant grief in social situations.
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