Monday, November 15, 2010
After watching the movie Autism: the Musical, I got a better understand about Autism, and I can make a visual picture for the character Christopher in the Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The documentary showed us how Autistic kids interact with regular people. They all like being in their own world, where there is no one to bother them. Before the movie I just thought Christopher was just a weird child, and I didn’t understand why he had a lack of emotion. For example when Christopher was talking about his mother and how she was dead, he was speaking of her like she was never his mother. He got straight to the point and said she died of a heart attack.
Christopher and the kids in the documentary have some similarities in common. For example Henry had a great deal of knowledge about dinosaurs that most people would not have. In Christopher’s case, his obsession is math and numbers. Neal is very quiet but like Christopher he throws temper tantrums. In the story, “Siobhan asked whether Father had hit me and I said I didn’t know because I got very cross and it made my memory go strange.” This shows how Chris had such a bad tantrum he blanks out and forgets everything. Also, the documentary showed how children with autism tend to be lonely and they go off in their own world. All of the kids had a place to get away from everything. Now I got a better understand why Christopher would sometimes go to his own world. But in the end, the documentary opened my eyes really helped my understand Christopher and his actions.
After watching Autism: The Musical I feel like I have a pretty good visual of Christopher now. I noticed a lot of characteristics of Christopher described in the book throughout the kids in the movie. It is almost as if Christopher has one symptom from each kid in the movie. He doesn’t like loud sounds like a couple kids in the movie and he also doesn’t like being touched like some kids in the movie. The one thing I really noticed was how the kids would go into their own world like Christopher. It is almost as if the author watched this movie and based Christopher off a part of all the kids in the movie. There was not one kid in the movie that I couldn’t relate to Christopher. One of the characters I thought really related to Christopher was Henry. Henry was very knowledgeable when it came to reptiles and he would go into his own world. Christopher is the same exact way just with math and science. Henry would use his knowledge of reptiles to go into his own world and act like a reptile. Christopher used math and science to go into his own world and make him happy. One thing I noticed in Lexi was that she could really only repeat things and could not generate her own ideas or words. This is kind of like Christopher because he can’t exactly tell a lie he just leaves things out. He also has a very good memory because he can repeat things. Watching this movie was definitely a good idea because I have a much clearer picture of who Christopher really is now.