Monday, November 15, 2010
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How did the film help you to better understand the character Christopher in the curious
incident of the dog in the night time?
By watching the film my mind was able to comprehend the meaning of autism. I was able
to compare the kids in the film to the character of Christopher. I found out that autistic people
hate noise. For example in the film there is this part where Adam and the rest of the kids are
playing volleyball and all of a sudden Adam separates himself from the rest of the kids and
covers both of his ears with his hands. Same goes for Henry whose dad is a musician who
performs live concerts. Henry travels with his dad most the time and he gets to watch him
perform live but what he doesn’t do is listen to the music. He has head phones that he uses to
cover his ears with to reduce the noise. Furthermore I’ve observed Wyatt having the same
problems with noise. At rehearsal for the musical play Wyatt is practicing and memorizing his
line for the song when one of the kids pops a balloon and Wyatt runs to the teacher/director of
the play covering both of his ears and complains about the balloon pop and the noise it made.
Now if we go back to the book the curious incident of the dog in the night time and take a
look at page (106) we learn that Christopher cannot stand noise as well. On that page there is an
incident where Christopher goes shopping with his mom for a charismas gift for his grandma.
Since it was charismas the mall was very crowded and packed with people trying to get done last
minute shopping. It got too noisy for Christopher and he started screaming out of his lungs while
covering both of his ears. His mom tried to get him up and move him but he kept shouting and
Screaming and in the process knocked down few items off the shelf. Coming back to the question
I think it’s safe to say autistic people are not fond of noise.
This movie about kids that have autisms really helped better to understand Christopher the character in the book of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nigh-Time”. In this film Autism is defined as kids whom their brain function differently, colors and sounds maybe different for them. Christopher is one the kids that have an autism because in the book Christopher said “4 yellow cars in a row made it Black day, which is a day when I don’t speak to anyone and sit on my own reading books and don’t eat my lunch and Take No Risks” (Haddon 24). This means that Christopher doesn’t like the color yellow and it’s very bad for his day if he sees 4 yellow cars in row. In this film Henry is the most similar to Christopher than the other kids. Henry has an Asperger's syndrome a type of autism which is most likely the one that Christopher has. Asperger's syndrome is the type of autism that a kid is very smart and focuses on one thing and gets really good at it. Henry is very smart and he is so crazy about reptiles and dinosaurs. Christopher is a math genius and he is also good with science. Christopher doesn’t like loud noises and that makes him do groaning. Henry doesn’t like loud noises either but instead of groaning like Christopher he covers up his ears. This is a very helpful film because it explained “Autism” and how the reaction of the ones who are diagnosed with it. This movie helped me realized things that the book didn’t explained very much.
The film, Autism: The Musical helped me understand the character of Christopher, from the book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, by showing the effect that autism can have on everyone who is connected to the autistic child. I believe the film was able to show in greater detail the difficulties that the families must face, especially the hardships faced by the parents, than what Christopher is able to explain in the book. The parents in the movie and Christopher’s parents in the book are compelling examples of how the all-encompassing attention that needs to be given to an autistic child can lead to one parent feeling like they can’t do anything right and the other parent feeling like they have to do everything. It stands to reason that under that kind of burden, if the problems within the relationship aren’t addressed and are just allowed to continue to fester, eventually the relationship between the couple will break.
The struggles that Lexi’s parents endured seemed to mirror some of Christopher’s parents’ problems. Both of Lexi’s mother and Christopher’s mother suffered bouts of severe depression that left them unable to care for their children and in both cases, the fathers stepped in to take over parenting duties. The obvious difference in these cases, though, was that when the parents separated, Lexi’s mother, Hillary, remained with Lexi, where Christopher’s mother was the one who left the home and her child. It was interesting to note that in neither case were the parents able to, or possibly willing to, go to as great of lengths to save their marriage as they were willing to get help and services for their children. It appeared to truly be a case of putting the child’s needs ahead of everything else.
When I first read the book of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" I did not understand why Christopher was acting so weird when it came to humans. After seeing the film Autism: the Musical, I can see, and understand why Christopher was acting the way he was acting. This film also helped me to understand more about Christopher’s mother and father. I want to understand why Christopher’s mother left him, and why his father lies about it? I ask myself would I never leave my child, in his or her most needs time? I answer myself no, but I can also say that I judged book by its cover. In the film I can see why Christopher mother deiced to leave her son.
Christopher is a child with Autism that goes to his own world. For that I can notice how hard it was for his mother. In documentary I can also state that all the mothers had harder time with kids than the fathers. I think that Christopher mother and Lexi mother have similar character because Lexi mother looked she had harder time than others mothers in the film did. All the mothers in the film think that it was all their fall; that their kids have Autisms. In fact any child can have Autisms it no one fall for I child to have neurological disorder. In film it shows us the different neurological disorder that the kids have. The kids in the documentary have some kind of similarities to Christopher’s character. It is very clearer that Henry has the same disorder as Christopher does. This film was very helpful for me because I got more understanding of what a mother with child who has Autism feels every day in life. For that I can see why his mother wants to leave him. And I also think that she did not leave him because she did not love him, she left him because she wants Christopher to have his own world.
In the movie, Henry and Christopher have relatively displayed similar symptom or behavior which is caused by the Autism and it can be said those behaviors are both repetitive and restrictive. For example, Christopher has social interaction problems. He does not like being touch, he is unable to translate or interprets simple display of affection, like smiling, hugging or merely pat on the shoulder or head will tick him off. Christopher showed his skills in math particularly resembling different things may be side or colors and understands prime numbers. On the other hand, Henry has ability to focus on one subject particularly dinosaurs. Both boys live in their own world that stagnate their ability to master simply thing that we took, those of us that does not have Autism, for granted-imaginations and ability to make connection, connecting the dots. They, both Christopher and Henry lack fluency of communications skills compared to their peers. Henry, unlike Christopher, can explain what he feels for each person. Both boys like to play with animals and spend enormous time with, either playing or imagining, that they are playing with animals. The movie was interesting and informative.
I think child with Autism, if discovered or noticed at early age, and given required medical attention such as therapy, the child can lead normal adult life and that is great news. Keeping parents informed about this disorder is one simply ways to curb the pain it could have caused to child in adult life.
Another person who I thought was more like Christopher was Wyatt. Wyatt seemed like a normal kid for most of the time. He seems to know that he is in a class where everybody needs special help. He realizes that he is smarter than everybody. Christopher feels the same way about his class too. Henry is very smart kid who knows a lot about dinosaurs. I feel like Christopher resembles this kid in way, because Christopher knows many things about numbers and space.
The film helps me better to understand the character Christopher in The Curious Incident of Dog in the Night- Time, because the film shows as how Autism kids act. There are many ways that the film and the book are related with Henry and Christopher. The major things that Christopher and Henry are related to are the fallowing, they both live their own world, and they like and care animals, they also have only one friend. These kids are genes because they are good with at math. The autisms kids in the film did not associated with the other kids in school witch similar to Christopher. The reason why they don’t associated with the other kids because of their reaction. When Christopher has too much information he gets upset and he scram loud. Also Henry when he heard loud music or when he seems too many people around him he get upset same as like Christopher he cover his ears, and he start scram. They both are smart kids so that how they related, because they focused same things. The Autism kids in the film they don’t have eye contact with other people who are normal. Their beavers are too much than others because they are autistic kids. The film of autism shows me exactly something that Christopher does in the book.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
In the movie of autism I learned that the characters in the movie and Christopher have some similarities. The movie said the people who have autism see things differently and they act differently some of them don’t have emotions they don’t socialize. That remand me Christopher how he don’t like the colors yellow or brown and how he don’t have emotions. Christopher he don’t like the police because he don’t like to be touched, so if the police touched him he will hit them which means he don’t care about the police but he don’t like to be touched. Also Henry and Christopher have some similar things like they both are astronaut and smart they focus on one thing and they have passion on one thing also they don’t like to be too loud, because the people who have autism things everyone is on his own world like Wyatt in the movie said “Everyone is on his own world” and he said they are bully also Christopher said “Everyone in his school is stupid” (Haddon 71.) because they both see people differently. After I watched the movie, I understand why Christopher doesn’t like to spend most of his time with people because Christopher like to spends his time with computers and rats. The movie also describes the types of autism there are. Each one of the kids had a different type of autism. It made them act differently. All of the kids dealt with pressure all most the same. They went to the corner and try to shut their mind out so they wont be able to hear what is going on around them. Christopher goes under something or he put a radio in his ears and blocks out. They can’t take so much information coming at them at the same time.