Part III - Literature Paper

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this paper is due on August 2nd. you already have all the info that you need, we would talk on the Part one and two.

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School: Cornell University

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Running head: CHRISTOPHER BOONE AS A SYMBOL OF EMPOWERMENT

Christopher Boone as a Symbol of Empowerment
Mara Palomo
Rasmussen College

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CHRISTOPHER BOONE AS A SYMBOL OF EMPOWERMENT

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Christopher Boone as a Symbol of Empowerment
Mark Haddon presents a fascinating tale of a young person who rises above Asperger’s
syndrome to make it big in life and find his identity in the society. This book relates closely to
the idea of discrimination and stigma in the society. Primarily, since Christopher Boone strives to
make it in life by starting with a curious investigation, it is a story of liberty and empowerment.
The image of Christopher is one of a genius rather than that of a child affected by Asperger’s
syndrome. Mark Haddon’s presentation of Christopher Boone aims to portray that it is possible
to create one’s identity by overcoming fear, social labeling and disability, and deceit in the
contemporary society despite limitations disadvantaged people may face.
The theme of identity in the novel comes out through Christopher’s unique characteristics
which come across as contradicting. First, one cannot help but realize how the main character is
both sensitive and brilliant. For instance, he explains that people are really ‘stupid’ through the
following quote:
Or you see a sign which says KEEP OFF THE GRASS but it should say KEEP OFF
THE GRASS AROUND THIS SIGN or KEEP OFF ALL THE GRASS IN THIS
PARK because there is lots of grass you are allowed to walk on. (Haddon, 2013).
Here, although the statement shows disconnection from reality, one can see how the narrator is
sensitive and displays exactitude. Overall, he shows a critical approach to thinking about
ordinary issues and that shows that he is a gifted child.
On the other hand, Christopher also comes across as clueless about what is happening in
the world. This character trait creates a contrast in his character by the fact that however, he is
brilliant; he also loses touch with the world. For instance, he does not know that his mother was
cheating with the next-door neighbor, and this shows that he may have lost touch with reality.

CHRISTOPHER BOONE AS A SYMBOL OF EMPOWERMENT

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This characteristic of contrasts is seen in the way he is also, sometimes, insensitive to other
people’s feelings despite being himself very sensitive to how people treat him. This is seen in the
way he says insulting things to people and is also ready to attack them, including his father.
Despite coming across as a sweet soul in his writing, he also appears as erratic and these make
up his identity which is partially controlled by his brilliant and sensitive self but also
characterized by the effects of the discriminate society.
Christopher seems to be searching for his identity by disentangling himself from the
restrictive and accusative society. Eack, Ander...

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