Christopher’s producer Pete is also the one who gives out a key metaphor for the novel

Christopher’s producer Pete is also the one who gives out a key metaphor for the novel; the Chinese box. In order to create a delicacy, the Chinese entomb a fish in a tin case. As the fish decays over time, maggots begin to appear in the carcass of the fish. The maggots start devouring the fish, when the fish carcass is fully devoured and only the grubs that remain in the case. After that the big ones eat up the middle-sized ones. This continues on until there is but one large insect left remaining. That large surviving maggot symbolises Christopher just as well as William Golding expected to make him and the protagonist’s atrocious personality helps a lot too. It is a fine metaphor of Martin’s own cruel and insatiable nature.