The Perfect Child Symbols & Objects

Lucinda Berry
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The Timer

The timer is a symbol of kindness and compassion. Because Janie was so obsessed with food and meal times, one of the nurses brought an oven timer to the hospital so that Janie would have an idea when her next meal was coming. It was hoped the timer would calm Janie but Christopher observed that it seemed to be having little impact on her.

The Dollhouse

The dollhouse symbolizes reality. Dr. Chandler has Janie play with the dollhouse in her office with the intention that Janie will play out the roles for herself, Hannah, and Christopher through the dolls.

Birth Certificate

Janie’s birth certificate represents responsibility. When Hannah and Christopher adopt Janie, they take on full responsibility for her behavior until she is 18. The police tell Piper that since it has been determined that Janie is mentally ill and is a danger to others...

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