The plot of the novel is enhanced by the selfish acts of the characters in which they seek to protect their personal interests. This motif is first described by the author in relation to Alicia’s father, Vernon, when he wishes that Alicia had died in the car crash instead of her mother. He says this without considering the implications that his statement may have on his daughter. All he wanted was to be happy at the expense of Alicia. In addition, Theo is so focused on his own survival that he becomes inconsiderate of the other characters. His intention of helping Alicia is belittled by his own motivations (“Macmillan”). He justifies the arrest of Christian stating that, unlike him, he had failed to help Alicia and should pay for it. Theo also highlights how he only helped Alicia so that he could have access to any incriminating evidence revealing his involvement in Gabriel’s death. This motif is also highlighted in the Greek myth of “Alcestis” — Admetus chooses to preserve his life over his wife’s, just as Gabriel did.