Stereotypes Don’t Define Us By Elizabeth

Many people stereotype people with autism in the novel Rules by Cynthia Lord. First of all, many people treat people with autism like they don’t have feelings. Some examples is when Jason’s therapist yells (not meanly just loudly) at him, treating him like he is deaf not autistic. Ryan also likes to play tricks on David. He thinks it is okay, but it affects him the exact same way it would anybody else. Another way people often get frustrated with people who have autism because they sometimes act a certain way that some people call annoying but the autistic person can’t help it. Kristi didn’t get frustrated with David but she was implying that David was weird when she said “that must be hard even regular brothers are a pain.” You can imagine this does not make Catherine feel good, and self-conscious about herself. Catherine gets worried about David embarrassing her. For example when they were at Jason’s birthday party she doesn’t want David running around opening the doors. It’s like she doesn’t want him to be who is, or won’t accept him. Finally in the end she embraces things for how they are and learn to accept that her brother has autism. During the process of accepting she has a breakdown blaming everything David, only to realize that he’s not the one she’s mad at. She’s mad at herself for not putting herself in his shoes. In the end she asks Jason to the dance. At the dance Kristi is rude about Jason, saying she should have told her before. When Jason takes to the dance floor, Catherine realizes if Jason can have fun and be okay with who he is, then so can she. Our world needs to learn how to be more accepting of others that don’t meet our “standards.” Not everybody is perfect and the pressure on the world makes us think we need to be.


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