Although the word is not mentioned in the book, Christopher does suffer from Aspergers syndrome, which is an autistic spectrum disorder. This means that Christopher expresses himself in a simple and straightforward way and cannot understand common modes of signaling. For example, he says I find people confusing. This is for two main reasons. The first main reason is that people do a lot of talking without using any words¦The second main reason is that people often talk using metaphors.(Haddon, 10) Christopher does not understand the typical signals that people use to communicate. For instance raising an eyebrow, which Siobhan explains to him, it can mean I want to do sex with you (Haddon, 11) and it can also mean, I think that what you just said was very stupid. (Haddon, 11)
He says himself My name¦means carrying Christ¦Mother used to say that it meant Christopher was a nice name because it was a story about being kind and helpful, but I do not want my name to mean a story about being kind and helpful. I want my name to mean me. (Haddon, 101) Christophers father fans out his fingers and touches Christopher and it means that he loves me. (Haddon, 102) Christophers father holds his hand in a fan because Christopher does not like being touched or hugged, which is another mystery to his Autistic disorder. It makes him feel uncomfortable and he tends to fight back, and get violent when touched. Another challenge Christophers parents face living with a child with Autism. Christophers inability to express his feelings of love and closeness in a normal way can feel alienating to his mother as well as his father. It is not that Christopher is incapable to love or be loved, its just that he has a hard time loving and expressing his feelings.
Christopher Boone may not come off as a smart teenager and because of his social disability people tend to think different of him. Prime numbers is what is left when you have taken all the patterns away (Haddon, 15) Christopher is like a prime number, difficult to identify and a something that not many understand. Like mentioned earlier, kids with Aspergers are little professors who cant understand social cues. At Christophers school he will start a new math class called A level maths. Teachers and his father are very happy with chis to be moving up and advancing so quickly.
No one will ever solve the mystery of the Aspergers disorder and unless you are walking in Christophers shoes or anyone with it, you will never quite understand what is going on in their head. That is why the gap remains very wide between our world and the world of autism.
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