Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Thoughts on ending The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

As you wrap up reading our outside novel (reading quiz Thursday on the rest of the book), many topics come into question. Christopher is a unique character with unique abilities. Think about him as you read the following topics. Respond to one, explain your position, and explain how it relates to Christopher and how it relates to life in general.

  1. There is no such thing as normal when it comes to human beings.
  2. White lies are aas immoral as outright lies.
  3. It is always wrong for parents to seperate.
  4. Violence can be a reasonable response to an unreasonable situation.

30 comments:

JodiS24 said...

There is no such thing as normal when it comes to human beings.

I completely agree with this topic. Everyone has a little quirk (or two) that defines them and makes them different from everybody else. Normal is not only impossible, but it's boring! I believe some people in life aim for normality and conform to what everyone else is doing because they think it is "normal." However, nobody can really be the same, and people have to learn what works best for them and be themselves, as cliche as that sounds.
Christopher does do what is best for him, and he understands his characteristics are different from other people's. He may not be "normal" in the literal sense, but I don't think that is a goal of his. He wants to perfect what he is good at, such as maths, and be himself.

MaryEvelynP3 said...

1. There is no such thing as normal when it comes to human beings.

I chose this topic because I completely agree. You cannot put a limit on "normal" because it simply does not exist. Many people are more successful at trying to appear normal than others, but in reality there is no such thing. Christopher helps to uncover this idea through his ability to really see straight through people's normal attempts. Christopher seems to see people as they really are, not how they are trying to be. Everyone is different, that is a widely accepted assumption. So if everyone is different, how can there be "normal"?

AshleyB5 said...

There is no such thing as normal when it comes to human beings.

I think that this topic is true in everyone's lifes. Sure, highschoolers dress the same and have the sam insecurities, but deep down inside we are all different. God made us this way and some people are dealt with some stuff that is harder to deal with then others. Life is all about trials and tribulations and whatever is thrown at you, you just have to go with it.
Christoper is a perfect example. He has obviously been thrown a hard hand at life, but he does what he feels he needs to do. The only difference between Christopher and us is that he cares less about what people think about his flaws.

RyanL5 said...

1.There is not such thing as a normal when it comes to human beings.

There really isnt anything normal about humans. Its almost impossible to predict what someone is going to do in a sitution unless you know them very well. Normal would be very boring in that everything would get old after doing the so called "normal" everday. Christopher brings the unormal to the world which makes the world quite interesting. Without people like him, this world would be incredibly boring.

Leigh W. 1 said...

Everyone is different and that is what makes life actually bearable. White lies could seem just as bad as outrigt lies because they mislead people, but if you do it to protect someone then maybe they would be ok. It isn't "always wrong for parents to separate", it is just something that I feel sorry for. Violence can once in a few circumstances be the right response.

StuartS5th said...

White lies are as immoral as outright lies.

I disagree with this statement. I am a firm believer of the ends justify the means so if a lie is necessary to yeild something greater, lying is not necessarily bad. White lies are sometimes a better solution for telling the truth; you may not want to tell somebody your opinion of them because they might get their feelings hurt.
Although Christopher says he never lies, he does get around telling the truth. When his dad asks him what he was doing one day, Christopher responds, "I was outside," when in fact, he was investigating the murder of Wellington.

thomasd said...

There is no such thing as being normal when it comes to human beings.

Nowhere is it written in stone about how a person should act. Every person has there own personality and no matter how hard someone tries, there is no way for one person to be exactly the same as another. That is what makes people unique. If no one person can be exactly the same then there is only one normal person in the world, and the rest of us are abnormal. We were created to be differnt, which is what makes us who we are.

RebeccaO7 said...

There is no such thing as normal when it comes to human beings.

This is so true. Everyone has something unique about themselves. This can be classified as unnormal. Normal is so bland, that no one really wants to be normal. People might want to be or take part in what is cool, but that is not exactly normal either. No two people are the same, so therefore there is no norm. Christopher is aware that he is not like everyone else. Since he is aware, he does what he does best. He enjoys doing his maths. He does what he needs to do, and that is how he goes about his life. There is no way to have a normal person becuase everyone is special and different in their own way.

MeredithA3 said...

There is no such thing as normal when it comes to humans.

Many would a agree that this statement is true. I went to dictionary.com to look up the true meaning of the word "normal." I would summarize the word "Normal" as "usual". In my opinion, there is no usual person. In fact, everyone is unusual in their on way. Everyone has their weaknesses and their strengths. No two people are alike. I think that the world would be pretty boring if everyone had the same talents and vices.

Ianr3 said...

When it comes to normalcy, for human beings there is a standard normal. Less of a rule book saying what it normal, and more of what is not normal. Christopher is said to be not normal. For what reasons though? Basically his way of handling or understanding things is less than me or whoever who think of him as not normal. He is normal though, the way he handles thing is not. Everyone could potentially be normal, because the definition of normal is an adjective describing something to be standard. Today though, what is the standard person?

EleanorM1 said...

"Violence can be a reasonable response to an unreasonable situation. "

I think I disagree with this statement. I think that there is always a peaceful resolution. People have different interpretations of what an "unreasonable sittuation" is. I think that Boone family was put in a tough sittuation, but not an unreasonable one. I believe that violence only makes the sittuation worse, or in this case, even more "unreasonable." There is no reason for violence. ever.

davids3 said...

There is no such thing as normal when it comes to human beings.

First of all, I do not believe that you can define a hman being as "normal". Who has the right to call someone normal or nat normal. Not everyone is the same, as Christopher shows us. He is a very unigue character who does what he does best. Without unique people in the world, this world would be boring.

MattO3 said...

Depending on the situation I think violence can be a reasonable response. I do not think it is reasonable to create a violent situation to accomplish a task. However, because there are billions of people, some of them out there are inevitably going to start violent conflict. Take Adolf Hitler for instance. In this situation he started the violence, and in all honesty violence was the only way to end his terror. For this reason, violence was a reasonable response. Again, though, violence is not an acceptable way to accomplish a task, only an acceptable response to another's application of violence.

MaryaliceL1 said...

It is always wrong for paretns to separate and White lies are as immoral as outright lies.

Coming from a family where my parents just separated this summer, i can say that this can be harmful to the family and the children. I think it affected Christopher in this book in a bigger way than most might have picked up on. Especially since his dad told him his mother was dead. Even though he thinks differently than many human beings, he still has feelings and emotions. A mother's death affects everyone in different ways. Some months later to find out that she was still alive must have been horrifying. I feel like because Christopher thought his mom was dead, this made him even more curious about Wellington, the dead dog. Then, when he found out his dad had lied about his mother and about Wellington, all of his emotions came to the surface and that is when he ran away. I think that it troubled him greatly.

chuckw7 said...

I think white lies are essentially white lies. I don't see a difference because they both involve a statement that is not true. This applies to Christopher because he tells many white lies. One example is when the police officer asks where he got the cashcard and Christopher says that his dad gave him the number. His dad did not give him the number or the card and I see it as a complete lie. There is no difference to me. If you dont tell the truth, you are lying.

chriso5 said...

There is no such thing as normal when it comes to human beings.

I agree with this. Everybody is somewhat normal, but mostly weird. Their weirdness is shown in different ways, however. Some are goofy, some have weird habits, and some are handicapped like Christopher. (I'm not saying that handicapped people are weirdos, I'm just proving my point.) But everybody I know thinks they are weird, and I think that's the way things ought to be.

TylerMo1 said...

It is always wrong for parents to separate.

I actually disagree with this. I think that there are circumstances where it is ok for parents to separate. For example Christopher's parents; I think it was right for his dad to separate with his mom because she cheated on him. It is a terrible situation and some people say they should try to work it out, and if they can that is great. However, in a situation like that it really isn't better for the kids if they stay together but can't fix it because then the kids just see their parents fighting all the time and it is just a terrible environment to grow up in.

Baileym1 said...

Its always wrong for parents to separate

I like Christopher have divorced parents. I feel it of course affects children a lot, some cases worse than others. I wouldnt necessarily say that its wrong for parents to separate because it would be worse to live in a household where the parents were unhappy and fighting all the time.

reidp5 said...

There is no such thing as normal when it comes to human beings.

I agree with this topic all the way because no one person is normal. No human being is normal because curtain things happen to everyone. If a human being was normal their life would be boring and uneventful. One way Christopher is not normal, is that his parents are divorced. Also he is not normal, because of the different ways he does math problems in his head.

eliseh1 said...

There is no such thing as normal when it comes to human beings.

I agree. "Normal" is a term that cannot be used with talking about humans. People are different, therefore there isnt anything that can be defined as normal. Christoper realizes the abusurdity of being normal and can see through people's attempts to conform to the mold of normalicy. No one is normal, especially not Christopher.

Richard S. said...

White lies are immoral as outright lies.

I disagree with this statement. This shows the hypocrisy of Christopher, because he says he never lies. Yet he lies when the policeman asks him about the cash card. He asks if his dad gave him the number and he says yes.

MatthewM1 said...

It's hard to say that parents shouldn't break up, because it's really their decision. However I can say that they shouldn't do it in the manner that they did in Christophers situitation. Parents splitting and lieing about it is pretty messed up. Espically when one parent claims the other died in attempt to play the out of sight out of mind game. That's just a sick joke in my oppinion and i think it was in Christophers too.

DavidW3 said...

There is no such thing as normal when it comes to human beings.

I agree with this statement because every single person has individual things about them that aren't the same as others. Normal is actually boring. There isn't anything interesting about being just plain normal. I don't know how u describe someone as "normal", but I guess that means that everyone else has abnormalities. Christopher is a good example of how being abnormal is interesting and fun. He may not be like most people, but he still finds a way to live a good life.

jessanneh3 said...

There is no such thing as normal when it comes to human beings.

I agree with this. Everysingle individual is different. There are always little things about them that make each person different. I think that "normal" is a word that many people can take differently. People may strive to be normal but what they may believe to be normal is different from another person's perspective of "normal." I think that people should just be happy with who they are not, "normal" or "not normal!"
Christopher knows that he is different from the people around him, but he does what is best for him. He knows what he likes to do and he does it. He doesnt really take in the fact that other people may think that he is not "normal." Christopher in unique in the sense that he understands this and he uses it to his advantage for himself.

Michaelc3 said...

White lies are as immoral as outright lies.

I do not agree with this statement. Usually, outright lies are told to protect the person who is telling them; so that they can get out of trouble that they have gotten themselves into. For example, a person on trial who is guilty may tell the judge and jury that they are innocent so that they are not punished, when, indeed, they are guilty. White lies are usually not used in the same sense as outright lies. White lies are usually told to protect the feelings of others. For example, imagine you are visiting a terminally ill friend at the hospital. You open the door, and your friend looks like they are on death's doorstep. You do not tell them, "Wow, you look like your going to kick the bucket before I leave the room." You tell them that they are looking great, that they are looking better every time you see them. This is a situation where a white lie is acceptable. If a white lie is used in this sort of context, they are not nearly as immoral as an outright lie.

adelleb3 said...

There is no such thing as normal when it comes to human beings.

This comment is so dead on. There is no one in the world that is completly normal. Plus, who is to say who is normal and who is not normal? There are so many people in the world that many people would percieve to be very normal, but underneath they have all the quirks that no one knows. Those that hide their quirkyness aren't as normal as those who just are who they are. As confusing as that statement is, it makes christopher seem more normal. He is always just doing what fits best for him. He is constantly doing what he thinks should be done in the situation he is in, even if it is not what people would consider "normal".

MillerL.3 said...

I also agree about being normal. Define normal. Even if everyone is normal there still different. If everyone tried to be normal then everyone would be the same and what is the fun in that. I think everybody will always be different from each other and nobody will ever be normal.

FrankB3 said...

Violence can be a reasonable responce to an unreasonable situation. I agree with this statement. If someone tried to my harm my family I would resort to violence. I do not think Christopher should use this rule. Because almost every situation to him is unreasonable to him so he often resorts to violence. Sometimes people have to take matters into their own hands for their own well-being.

GrantM3 said...

There is no such things as normal when it comes to human beings.

I going to have to agree with this statement. Everyone has a quirk or something that weird to someone else. Although you could be normal in someone’s eyes, it does not necessarily mean you will be in everyone’s. There is always something that happens to you that makes you not normal. Like Christopher is not "normal" because he has a disability and that his parents do not live together. However Christopher is able to deal with it and not feel abnormal.

adamso7 said...

I do believe that there are no normal human beings. Everyone on this plantet has some sort of condition, ehatever it ma be, that causes them to not fuction as a person should. Christopher is not normal because of his condition that causes him to shut himself away from the rest of the world and to notice every little detail that is out there. If there was such a thing as a normal human being then that would mean that the majority of the world is flawed and some people probably counld not get along with that.