Autism In The Rain Man Essay

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Autism in The Rain Man

The Rain Man is a story about the relationship between two brothers, one being Autistic. The story line follows the as they drive across the country and their interaction as the one brother (Charlie) tries to deal with being thrust into a twenty-four hour a day week long journey and his first exposure to someone with Autism, his brother Raymond. Charlie Babbot is a younger guy who is involved in some high-risk exotic car sales when he realizes that he might not be able to make his bank notes on time. Charlie's father dies and leaves him with a car and some roses, while some unnamed beneficiary receives the remaining three million dollars the estate is worth. Charlie finds out from the bank that the trustee works and mental hospital and group home, he goes to visit and try to work a deal so he can get his half of estate and pay of his bank notes. When he arrives at the home he finds out that he has a brother that he never knew. Raymond his brother is Autistic and is a Savant, for his ability to memorize and recall all info he has read or heard before and he can count and do math at astonishing rates. Charlie gets a hair brained scheme to kidnap Raymond and demand his share of the three million. So Charlie takes Raymond back to LA with him, on the way from Ohio to LA Charlie somehow changes his attitude towards his brother Raymond and in the end he wants to take care of him. At the end Charlie realizes that he can't care for Raymond because of his Autism, but he still cares deeply for Raymond and vows to visit often.


The DSM-IV states that to be diagnosed with and Autistic disorder a person must have six of twelve listed traits coming from certain groups in the DSM. Raymond doesn't respond to social and emotional interaction and he can't use body language and such to help communicate in social situations. These...

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