Rainman Essay

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Rain Man (1988)

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 two things fill the requirement for group one on
page 136. Raymond also has an inability to start or hold conversations with meaningful
content, he constantly uses repetitive phrases, he has an abnormal intense focus on
reading and memorizing facts, an inflexibility to change his daily routine, repetitive
body movements and a failure to develop relationships with those around him. The last six
behaviors satisfy all of the requirements for the last two groups. The causation given is
a birth condition, which is consistent with what the book says. The outcome is that
Raymond will live with Autism the rest of his life, this is realistic because there is no
cure for Autism and it is a lifelong condition. I don't think that any other character
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