“Christopher Hadley Martin had no belief in anything but the importance for his own life
“Christopher Hadley Martin had no belief in anything but the importance for his own life, no God. Because he was created in the image of God he had a freedom of choice which he used to center the word on himself. He did not believe in purgatory and therefore when he died it was not presented to him in overtly theological terms. The greed for life which was the mainspring of his nature forced him to refuse the selfless act of dying. He continued to exist separately in a world composed of his own murderous nature.” (Surette 207)
Pete is also the one who gives out to us a structural metaphor of the novel; the Chinese box. To create a delicacy, the Chinese entomb a fish in a tin case. As the fish decays, the maggots eat it, and then the big ones eat the middle-sized ones. This continues until there is but one large maggot. That large surviving maggot symbolises Christopher the author wanted to make him the vilest type he could imagine, and that the world of the book is a collection of his own cruel and destructive nature.