Hi, need to submit a 1500 words paper on the topic The Medias Depiction of People with Autism. Most of the individuals suffering from autism cannot do this. Thus one may expect that people suffering from autism will show a number of distinctive characteristics across the spectrum of disability. These characteristics may also change as they develop. One may also know that people suffering from autism are a very diverse and broad population (Are Movies Such As Rain Man Accurate Depictions of Autism? 2008).
There are many people, who, when asked about “Autism” the first thing that comes to their mind is the picture of the character played by Dustin Hoffman named Raymond Babbitt in the famous movie named “Rain man (1988)”. The role of Hoffman in the film is considered to be the most famous portrayal of an autistic character. However, it is not considered to be the most accurate one. In the movie, Raymond is termed as a high-functioning man because of his ability to only think and care about himself and also because of his savant skills in Mathematics (e.g. counting) and memory.
Although there are few accurate depictions of autistic characteristics that are found throughout the movie, even though the adherence of Raymond to the structure and routines were dramatized or overacted at times. The routine and order are considered to be important in being able to make sense and predict out of certain events that are taking place in the world, as they help in understanding that how would they bring an autistic comfort. In the movie, the punitive and impatient reaction of Charlie (Raymond’s brother) to his brother’s situation cannot be considered as a good example of dealing with the autistics.
As the movie proceeds, Charlie eventually learns to love his brother and Raymond too seems to open up a bit more and ends up creating a long-lasting relationship with his .brother. The ending of the movie was, however, a stereotypical movie i.e. “happy ending”, where everyone happens to learn something effective and eventually two people turn out to be better for their trials. .
However one should note that Raymond’s developing bond with his brother Charlie cannot be considered as an overcoming for Autism but it should be considered as a relationship that was developed as a result of his autism.