Oryx and Crake

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Uncle Pete Character Analysis

Crake’s stepfather insists that Crake call him “Uncle Pete.” He was Crake’s father’s boss before his death, and has since moved in with and married Crake’s mother. Uncle Pete is good natured and supportive of Crake. He dies of a viral infection while Jimmy is working at AnooYoo—Jimmy eventually becomes convinced that Crake infected him with one of his experimental viruses.
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Uncle Pete Character Timeline in Oryx and Crake

The timeline below shows where the character Uncle Pete appears in Oryx and Crake. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
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Sometimes Crake is able to hack into his stepfather Uncle Pete ’s account using something he calls a “lily pad labyrinth” that prevents his searches from... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Happicuppa. After graduation, Jimmy goes on vacation with Crake and Uncle Pete . Instead of watching their usual TV programming, they tune into news about the “coffee... (full context)
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Sometimes Jimmy and Crake watch the coffee wars coverage with Uncle Pete , who has stock in Happicuppa and says disparaging things about the rebels. While watching... (full context)
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...overpass because he had found out about this practice. Jimmy is shocked. Crake says that Uncle Pete or his mother must have turned his father in. Then he suggests that Jimmy’s mother... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...RejoovenEsense, a top-notch company on the cutting edge. They email occasionally, and Crake tells him Uncle Pete has died suddenly of a virus. When Jimmy asks Crake if he was there when... (full context)