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Dictionary.com has defined the word ethical as "Being in accordance with the accepted principles of right and wrong." While we all have different opinions of what is right and wrong, most people have the same ideas to what is "socially acceptable." In the novel "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, the autistic main character Christopher Boone may not have the same views as the rest of us about what is right and what is wrong. Christopher Boone is a good-hearted boy but more unethical than ethical, yet most of the time unaware of his bad behavior due to his different views of the world. Does this make him "unethical" if his principles of right and wrong are different from everyone else's?
Christopher is more intelligent than the average teenage boy, has strong opinions, and has a different view of his surroundings than others do. Although Christopher sometimes doesn't know when some behavior is bad, he knows always telling the truth is what everyone is supposed to do. Christopher refusing to tell a lie is both ethical and respectful to others. "I do not tell lies. Mother used to say that this was because I was a good person. But it's not because I am a good person. It is because I can't tell lies." (Haddon 19) Most people think always telling the truth is a quality of a "good person". This quote shows that Christopher thinks telling the truth is a way of life, not just something people choose to do because it's the right thing. This also shows us that Christopher's refusal to lie about anything goes beyond ethics. " and whether, when the police found out that she had lied, she would go to prison. Because telling lies about people is called slander." (Haddon 14) This quote is appropriate yet humorous because it shows how serious this autistic boy thinks telling even the tiniest of lies is. Christopher's outlook on lies and truth are something we call all learn from to show true ethics. Some may disagree due to Christopher's different ways of looking at things in life that may seem right to him, but unethical to another.
Christopher's autism has led him to a life scared of things such as strangers and being touched.
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