10 December 2018
Symbols: A Deeper Connection
The world is an unsafe place – at least according to the protagonist of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Christopher Boone. Anything unfamiliar or strange looking will inflict fear in his eyes. He’s usually always okay if he stays within his comfort zone. Circumstances in the book thrust Christopher out of his safety bubble though, forcing him to find coping strategies. These strategies are displayed in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time through various symbols with deep meanings.
Logic problems, math equations and maps symbolize the world where everything is logical and in order to Christopher. He uses them to organize his thoughts and how his daily schedule will look like. An example would be when Christopher explains the Monty Hall problem to explain how his thoughts on Mr. Shears is wrong. This is his main way of obtaining a sense of security. This happens many times throughout the book, but primarily is seen when Christopher encounters new information. In essence, these mind games arm Christopher with a strategy to use when a difficult problem confronts him.
For the main protagonist, taking A-level math’s is a method of validating himself and obtaining a sense...