Bisheit Rain Man Guide

Raymond exemplifies a strong inclination towards big

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Raymond exemplifies a strong inclination towards big numbers and memorization, his particular “breed” of savant syndrome. Similarly, in The Curious Incident, Christopher Boone shows a proclivity towards logistics, numbers, and knowledge. For example, Chris “knows all the countries of the world and their capital cities and every prime number up
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to 7057” (Haddon 2). This disposition towards knowledge efficiently reflects the savant dispositions of Raymond in Rain Man, though some aspects are different – Raymond’s talents are limited to numbers and memorizing different statistics. Christopher’s mind allows him to memorize, calculate, solve puzzles, and think in astonishingly convoluted manners. 5. Both mark Haddon and Barry Levinson use juxtaposition to contrast between Christopher and Raymond’s talents and limitations. Through Levinson’s cinematic ability, he places scenes right after one another that compare and contrast Raymond’s abilities in different ways and juxtaposes them in this manner. As for Mark Haddon in The Curious Incident, he juxtaposes limitations and talents in the same scene. For example, a prime scene to exemplify this juxtaposition method would be when Christopher is looking to go to the train station to go to London. He fails to be able to perceive the rail station signs posted on buildings and posts, as any ordinary citizen would be able to, but instead, in order to find his way, he devises a complicated, yet understandable method where he can find a destination “by moving in a spiral, walking clockwise and taking every right turn until you come back to a road you’ve already walked on, then taking the next left, then taking every right turn and so, on” (Haddon 139). This particular portion of the novel exemplifies his remarkable abilities through his convoluted methods of logic, but also exemplifies his limitations with not being able to interpret signs, similar to the juxtaposition evident in Rain Man.
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  • Fall '09
  • Bisheit
  • Rain Man, Mark Haddon, Curious Incident

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