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Mark Haddon: Rhetorically Bold or Inconsiderate?
October 31, 2016, 4:12 am
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I enjoyed reading Haddon’s novel.. But definitely not as much as I enjoyed reading the reviews. I personally love reading reviews after I’ve finished a book because this way I’m given the opportunity to shape my own raw and personal judgement on the text before I also get to see what others take away and how/why they feel the way they do towards a text. It’s always interesting to me that so many people always have so many different things they take away from the same book, and Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is no exception to that.

I’d like to start off with Greg Olear’s review titled When Popular Novels Perpetuate Negative Stereotypes: Mark Haddon, Asperger’s and Irresponsible Fiction. Written by a father who has an autistic son that has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, I can understand why Olear is so frustrated. However, with that frustration, one must also acknowledge that some sort of biasedness also comes into play. I feel as if Olear dismisses the protagonist being an ‘aspie’ because he thinks that the behavior is too extreme; he feels as if Christopher does not meet the high-functioning standard of those diagnosed with Asperger’s. Therefore, I think he is disappointed and claims the novel because is a gimmick because it portrays those diagnosed with Asperger’s negatively. Though I understand his frustration, I am also a little annoyed with his claim because there may be individuals that are diagnosed Asperger’s and are not as high-functioning as his son or others. So to dismiss or not even take into account that population because of how others may view it is extremely upsetting.

I then went on to read a review from William Schofield who is actually a member of the Asperger’s community. Despite his own personal experience and diagnosis, he as a student writes, A Journey To Shock and Enlighten, which actually appreciates Haddon’s book. Though he says one should not diagnose a fictional character, he compares himself to Christopher and finds a lot of similarities. He is not offended by this text. Instead he is intrigued by it, and I think that’s the beauty of it: to find and appreciate the beauty of a text even if (or especially if) it doesn’t fit one’s schema.

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Technical Difficulties… BUT I’M BACK!
October 31, 2016, 2:44 am
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Gaipa’s 8 Strategies for Critically Engaging Secondary Sources is a resource that is important to all who want to discuss their research. I, as a college student, am surprised that I’ve never directly came into contact with this until now. As an English major, it comes as no surprise that though I was not aware of these strategies, I have used them numerous times. If implemented properly, they make you and your claim sound authoritative (in a good way).

It is evident that Murray uses strategy#4, leapfrogging, in his work, Representing Autism. In the words of Gaipa, he bites the hand that feeds him. Not once, not twice, but numerous times throughout Murray’s book, he brings up claims made by other authors only to tear them down. I think this works especially well for him even though he doesn’t do it in a subtle way. He briefly mentions the acclaimed authors and uses this technique to say something along the lines about how though they’re right, they are also completely off or in the wrong for saying or doing such.

I think this is a technique many people struggle to use, but Murray embodies it well throughout his text. We always struggle to find sources that back up our claim; however, maybe, people should consider using leapfrogging more often. Though some sources may not back up our claim or agree with us, we can invalidate the points they make and say why the claim we’ve made is more relevant, accurate, and/or better.

So… Umm.. What Happened?
October 12, 2016, 2:58 am
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Be warned: I get a very strong feeling I will not be following the prompt for this week.

After reading this week’s reading, We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge, I had an insane migraine. I couldn’t tell if the book was responsible for this or the Napoleon cake I consumed from Martha’s earlier in the day.  Now you’re probably wondering why the book would give me a migraine. Well it’s quite simple honestly, and I hope I’m not the only one that felt this way, but there were so many moments where I was just perplexed or things didn’t seem to add up or make sense.

Getting into this book, I went in expecting to find some neuropsychology stuff. Evidently, it’s there in the experiment that’s been conducted on the Freeman family. But as I got into the book, I lost that lens. This book then became about racism. It became a book about sexuality. It became so much more than I went in expecting, and that’s not a bad thing. A book can embody more than one genre, and I think that makes it special. However, I don’t know how I feel about this book. I feel like, if I’m being honest, it is a book that doesn’t embody all these themes well.

I say this because it reminds me a lot of the Hunger Games series. I am drawing this comparison for two reasons. One being that I felt like this book, much like the series, is inconsistent. For example, a particular scene has so much detail and then the following is so vague. And sometime the character that the book is divided by doesn’t even change, so this really puzzles me. For instance, Adia and Charlotte stop talking after the Thanksgiving dinner. Adia doesn’t speak to her for what feels like a long period of time, and then all of a sudden, they’re by each other’s’ sides again. WHAT REALLY HAPPENED? I mean the reader can imagine and draw the lines, but the book constantly goes from vague to descriptive and that is annoying. Lastly- this reminds me of the Hunger Games because with that series, I felt like the author rushed the ending. I felt like this was the case with Greenidge’s novel as well because by the end I was just like

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