Mark Haddon has a history of working with students with special needs as some of his community involvement and he specifically worked with autistic kids. Acknowledging that information, the reader is supposed to assume that the author will be accurate with how he portrays his narrator especially considering since it is a sensitive subject as it does involved a disabled teenage boy as the main character. He does not think how most people do, nor does he talk like most people do, neither does he act like most people do. It is very easy for a selective audience to take offense to this type of novel, depending on how it is written. However Haddon does a very good job at portraying his main character. Haddon is very consistent with how he describes him. He is very straight forward and blunt, usually how most autistic kids are, however Haddon’s autistic character is a very high-functioning student as he excels in maths very easily. This isn’t a surprise to the reader either. At the very beginning of the novel, the narrator introduces himself in such a way, “My name is...
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...know how to deal with it himself, so he thought that if he couldn’t handle it, how would Christopher. That’s why he didn’t let Christopher know that his mom abandoned him. Given the situation, Ed’s lies are to a point reasonable, but not excusable and Christopher knows that. Ed is a character that we can’t always trust, he is too inaccurate during the story.
The author and the narrator were both quite accurate people during the novel; except for Ed, the father, who is a deceitful character that builds his part of the story on lies. The author’s background in disabled children helped him create a very accurate character portrayal. The narrator is accurate because of how consistent he is in his actions and in all of his thought processes. Even though Ed’s actions are justified, his lies cause the reader to not trust anything that he tells Christopher or the audience.
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