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How should persons with special needs be treated, the kind of language one should use when talking about them, as well as the kind of language that is not acceptable?

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

(Excerpt)

By Mark Haddon (England)


 I find people confusing.

This is for two main reasons.

The first main reason is that people do a lot of talking without using any words. Siobhan says that if you raise one eyebrow it can mean lots of different things.

Siobhan also says that if you close your mouth and breathe out loudly through your nose, it can mean that you are relaxed, or that you are bored, or that you are angry, and it all depends on how much air comes out of your nose and how fast and what shape your mouth is when you do it and how you are sitting and what you said just before and hundreds of other things which are too complicated to work out in a few seconds.

The second main reason is that people often talk using metaphors. These are examples of metaphors:

I laughed socks off.

He was the apple of her eye.

They had a skeleton in the cupboard. We had a real pig of a day.

The dog was stone dead.

The word metaphor means carrying something from one place to another, and it comes from the Greekwords μετά (which means from one place to another) and φέρω (which means to carry), and it is when you describe something by using a word for something that isn’t. This means that the word metaphor is a metaphor.

I think it should be called a lie because a pig is not like a day and people do not have skeletons in their cupboards. And when I try and make a picture of the phrase in my head it just confuses me because imagining an apple in someone’s eye doesn’t have anything to do with liking someone a lot and it makes you forget what the person was talking about.

My name is a metaphor. It means carrying Christ and it comes from the

Greek words Χριστός (which means Jesus Christ) and φέρειν and it was the name given to St. Christopher because he carried Jesus Christ across river.

This makes you wonder what he was called before he carried Christ across the river. But he wasn’t called anything because this is an apocryphal story, which means that it is a lie, too.

Mother used to say that it meant Christopher was a nice name because it was a story about being kind and helpful, but I do not want my name to mean a story about being kind and helpful. I want my name to mean me.


After reading the literary pieces closely, try to reflect on what the texts say and come up with your own evaluation or reaction through the questions below. 

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

(Excerpt)

By Mark Haddon (England)

Persons with Asperger’s Syndrome or Autism and persons with disabilities, in general, are often discriminated from members of society may it be in the workplace or in school, they are being bullied and misunderstood. According to Buenaobra (2011), for a long time, Filipinos with disabilities have suffered from discrimination. Their economic, social, and political rights have not been recognized and their access to educational opportunities and government services has been limited. there are still significant barriers that keep them from fully participating in society, including the stigma surrounding a disability and society’s poor understanding of the abilities and aspirations of the disabled people. Often, they face a life that is segregated and debased, and many live in isolation and insecurity

How should persons with special needs be treated, the kind of language one should use when talking about them, as well as the kind of language that is not acceptable? Elaborate using practical scenarios.



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