As the novel progresses, Christopher takes his audience onboard his personal journey, and explicates his phobias to us, whether they be ‘not liking yellow things or brown things’ and ‘refusing to touch yellow things or brown things’, ‘not eating food if different sorts of food are touching’ each other, to ‘not .
.. being touched’ by strangers, or even by his family.Through his lengthy account, the reader learns to empathize with him, as he knows no better as his syndrome prevents him from overcoming such minor phobias that ‘normal’ children overcome through puberty or socialization. However, what makes him a fascinating narrator is how he has learnt to deal with some of his phobias – as he also cannot bear loud noises, physical contact, strange people or unfamiliar places, he uses coping strategies such as ‘groaning’, ‘screaming’, ‘hitting’ fasting or even ‘crawling’ into small spaces.
We see his distress at being grabbed by the policeman at the scene of Wellington the dog’s death, which results in initiating one of his coping strategies, ‘hitting’. Later we learn, Christopher attacks his father after his novel has been discovered. Overall, Christopher does convey to readers that his biggest underlying fear is of physical assault/illness, thus why he carries his ‘Swiss Army Knife’ and gets out the ‘saw blade’ when feeling scared.Christopher’s phobias may suggest that he is unsuited to narrating a novel; however by including such accounts of how he deals with them single-handedly adds twists to the plot, as such sideline traits make the book readable apart from when he goes into excessive detail about mathematics and complex scientific explanations. Christopher is completely suitable to narrate this novel in a sense that he also caters for various audiences – people who live with or without the syndrome.