Dear Mrs. Ganley,tI was recently educated to the fact that The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is having criticism leveled against it because of the offensive language, religious viewpoint, and unsuitability for the age group. The irrational claims as to why this book should be taken off the shelves are outrageous and unjust.
I am writing to you, the head of the English Department, because I believe The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time must stay on the shelf. The main character, Christopher Boone, is a 15 year old teen with Asperger syndrome. He is being introduced as an atheist in the book, but it is just own personal belief system that no religion should being disparaged.
Offensive language is used throughout the novel, but in reality, teens always use these words and to some they really hold no more meaning. The story is not about using offensive language or promoting a belief system. It is a coming of age story in which a boy goes on a journey to solve a mystery but discovers who he is and what he is capable of doing. During the process he finds out the cruel and harsh truth about humility and the people who surround him. I believe that the novel promotes the positive values that the school board should strive to instill in all of their students.For Christopher, London is where his life starts to become colourful and meaningful. Christopher has a sheltered life. He has to face adversity because he is “different”.
He has never cross ED the border of his dad’s protection. He struggles socially and personally. All the aspect listed would make a journey to London very difficult to achieve. Indeed, the trip to London serves as Christopher’s biggest challenge yet as it incorporates everything that Christopher doesn’t like: Busloads of people, loud noises, everyone talking at once, and new environments that he has never seen or been to before. However, he did it. So he ends his story with a powerful self-recognition. “I know I can do it because I went to london on my own, and because I solved the mystery of Who Killed Wellington? And I found my mother and I was brave and I wrote a book and that means I can do anything”(Haddon 221).
He showed the confidence he found in himself and evidences that even though he might not always be able to navigate the world around him, though he will have difficulties, he can, because he has the courage and the persistence, be an independent boy that faces the world alone. In my opinion, that outstands Christopher as a character who can teach young people: you can do anything, if you throw yourself into overcoming life’s obstacles.The adults in Christopher’s life cannot relate to the way he feels. Christopher tells the reader of a particular dream that he keeps having where everyone in the world is dead but him. “And when I was asleep I had one of my favourite dreams….
and in the dream nearly everyone on the earth is dead because they have caught a virus.” (Haddon 198 ) Christopher’s family creates a barrier between him and the society. His dad’s lie, mom’s impatience, and complex relationship of Mr. Shears all challenge Christopher. All these permutations of family are exposed as being unbalanced, either by a lack of patience or deception. Often offensive language is used and adults do not react to adversity in a mature manner.
But isn’t that a realistic portrayal of a family struggling to deal with a child who is “different”! Like, the offensive language is the way that the author chooses to present the challenges that Christopher’s dad faces when trying to parent someone who sees the world in a different way. But that doesn’t mean that the Dad doesn’t love Christopher, he tries to understanding and validate Christopher’s emotions, but life is just too harsh and unpredictable. To me, good literature should help young people to understand the real world, understand the harsh truth instead of “protecting” and hiding it from our youth. People consistently misconceive the concept of emotions when it comes to the ” special” communities.
Asperger syndrome is generally considered to be on the “high functioning” end of the spectrum. They are often stereotyped as distant loners or robotic geeks, but the reality is they have plenty of emotions, in fact, sometimes the emotions – are so intense – that it is difficult for them to cope. Christopher hates being hugged.
He hates the colors brown and yellow. He likes routine and feels more comfortable with familiar people. He is proud of the fact that he will soon be taking his mathematics A-level and expects to get an A grade, also he is obsessed with Sherlock Holmes. Asperger people have an extensive library of scripts they develop over their lifetime. They are scared to deviated from the script, because they won’t be able to control all the emotions that would expose their brains.
“But when Mother died she didn’t go to heaven because heaven doesn’t exist.”(32 haddon) For Christopher, logic is his standard to view the world. Using logic is as easy to him as it is to what we, neurotypicals think about understanding emotions. Most of the time we were be shock by how he process his brain but we can’t argue that he is wrong, just perhaps”different”. The world needs to be more accepting of all ways of thinking and the originality of one’s nature, for instance people like Christopher.
The book makes no attempt to educate about the whole autistic spectrum, but in many way it made a difference. The story is well told and made the character of Christopher charming and admirable to furnish the specie to its extent. The novel strives to teach many positive lessons that us, student should be educated about. I protest that The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time must stay on the shelf to educate more communities.Sercerly , Tracy Zhang