Name some of the characteristics of Sherlock Holmes that might suggest that he has Asperger’s syndrome.
There are many things that show that Sherlock may have AS and these things can connect to traits that Christopher, the main character in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, may possess. Sherlock’s reaction to Watson saying that he believes Sherlock has eyes in the back of his head suggests that Sherlock isn’t a fan of metaphors and may not understand them correctly. In this way, Christopher and Sherlock are veryyy similar because they are both so literal. There are many things that suggest that Sherlock isn’t socially adept and may be bad at reading various social cues.
Sherlock’s way of noticing tiny details when he first meets someone is a trait that many people with AS have, including Christopher. Another thing I noticed is that when Sherlock meets someone, he doesn’t exchange the usual pleasantries of polite conversation, and instead gets right to the point. Christopher often feels uncomfortable with small talk or polite conversation as well. Other dialogue tells me that Sherlock doesn’t like when plans change and he likes everything to be in order. He also feels free to comment on the various things he notices about a person, this shows that he may not be great at reading social cues. Dr. Watson observes Sherlock and writes: “Holmes was silent, but his darting glances showed me the interest which he took in our curious companion.” This is how Sherlock reads people and the “darting glances” may show that he is slightly uncomfortable in some social situations. All of these things are traits that Christopher possesses.
Other dialogue tells me that Sherlock doesn’t like when plans change and he likes everything to be in order. He also sometimes feels free to comment on the various things he notices about a person, this shows that he may not be great at reading social cues. Dr. Watson observes Sherlock and writes: “Holmes was silent, but his darting glances showed me the interest which he took in our curious companion.” This is how Sherlock reads people and the “darting glances” may show that he is slightly uncomfortable in some social situations. All of these things are traits that Christopher possesses.
Take the following quote and relate it to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time: “Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it.”
This quote is saying that while some may not be the brightest, they may spark something within someone else to bring out their inner genius. I think that Christopher’s therapist, Siobhan, is able to do this when she talks to Christopher. She is a good therapist and supports Christopher in a way that helps him think instead of holding him back.
Christopher often notices things that other people take for granted. In The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle makes a joke of this when Watson asks Holmes how he knew Mortimer had a curly-haired spaniel and the dog is standing at the door. Give an example of something that Christopher notices that others may not.
Something that Christopher usually always notices, is the time when his father gets home. Most people like to round the time to the nearest multiple of five, but Christopher always says the exact time. In the chapters we just read, Christopher also noticed that one of his father’s laces was double knotted while the other wasn’t.
Based on the following sentence, what conclusion can you draw about the similarity between Sherlock Holmes and Christopher?: “Now is the dramatic moment of fate, Watson, when you hear a step upon the stair which is walking into your life, and you know not whether for good or ill.”
I think we can draw the conclusion that their similarities will continue. This quote means that something is coming, whether it be good or bad, safe or dangerous. I believe this could mean that Christopher and Sherlock are both on the verge of falling into a crazy adventure. I know Christopher’s adventure is going to have to do with a dead dog. 😉
Remark on the amount of detail Sherlock Holmes notices when first meeting Mortimer. Compare this to the detail Christopher notices when meeting a person.
When Sherlock first met Mortimer, Sherlock notices many things about Mortimer’s dog. All of those observations aside, he noticed that Mortimer’s fingers were used to rolling cigarettes. Though we cannot tell a lot of the things Sherlock was thinking in that moment, (due to the fact that the book is not from his point of view,) I’m sure he was noticing many things about Mortimer that Watson was not. Watson gave the usual description that authors give concerning a new character (e.g., face shape, eye color, clothing etc.,). If Christopher had the knowledge of what a hand that rolls cigarettes looks like, I’m sure he would’ve noticed the same thing about Mortimer as Sherlock Holmes did.
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