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‘The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night- Time’ (By Mark Haddon) in Comparison with

It is the rules, patterns and timetables of life that holds us together. When they are gone, there is only fear. In both “…Curious Incident” and “Rain Man”, how true is this statement?
Routine is a common trait of many. It is clear to any observer that individuals and even society as a whole greatly depends on routines, patterns and timetables, but one must ask themselves whether the foundation of sanity, of people’s very functionality, depends on the rules by which we base our life on?

It is the rules, patterns and timetables of life that holds us together. When they are gone, there is only fear. In both “…Curious Incident” and “Rain Man”, how true is this statement?     

Routine is a common trait of many. It is clear to any observer that individuals and even society as a whole greatly depends on routines, patterns and timetables, but one must ask themselves whether the foundation of sanity, of people’s very functionality, depends on the rules by which we base our life on? Furthermore, when this is removed, is there any other option but to fear? In both ‘Rain Man’ (1988, Barry Levison Film) and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night- Time’ (by Mark Haddon), this is evidently not the case. Both these sources show that despite the feeling of fear that occurs when the guidelines and schedules of life are taken away, there are many other emotions and motives that are seen, which can be shown through the observation of many characters within these two sources. One example is courage, a trait that commonly couples with fear, which is seen repeatedly in the characters behaviour and decisions, and is clear evidence that fear is not the only emotion felt during these situations. Other sensations that are felt when routine is removed from lifestyles, is hope, which not only occurs simultaneously to fear, but in many cases, it is also dominant. One last feeling that can be observed when the guidelines of life are taken away is the opportunity that comes in the moments the characters take a risk and do something they would not have done originally.

A plain confirmation that fear is not the only emotion felt when the rules, patterns and routines of life are disregarded, is the presence of courage, which can sometimes even overrule fear itself. Courage is a strong and inspiring emotion that is felt when one overcomes fear, therefore, when the rules of life are gone, the fear that results provides an opportunity for courage to emerge. An example where a character overcomes his fear to achieve his goals, is when Christopher Boone, a fifteen year old boy with Aspergers Syndrome, attempts to travel to his mother house, and in the process completely disrupted his regular routine. While Christopher was on the train to his mother’s house, he was clearly very scared and fearful, however he persisted, and did not relinquish, and through his bravery achieved something that was above the expectations of many: “And I know I can do this because I went to London on my own…and I found my mother…and that means I can do anything.” (p. 268) This example, from the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, and many others, show that although fear is powerfully felt when routine is broken, other emotions such as courage too, have a significant subsistence, and may even result to be the prevailing one.

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