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Did the frustration of kids cool after destroying the home?

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ayeshabaig1998 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted January 25, 2013 at 4:56 AM via web

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Did the frustration of kids cool after destroying the home?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 26, 2013 at 1:28 PM (Answer #1)

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Part of what makes Greene's portrait so compelling is that the boys' frustrations do not really subside after destroying the home.  If anything, it is a job interrupted.  In a postmodern move, Greene shows that the focus of their endeavor is suspended, not really resolved one way or another.  The only clear element is that destruction is evident.  The boys' anger or frustration, if it was present in the first place, is not really addressed.  The boys recognize that "Old Misery" is on his way, and the "job" of breaking the house down is not really done.  Summers says that the boys have "done enough."  However, T. protests with the idea that "Anybody could do this" and continues that say that the boys need to "finish."  Immediately, their focus moves to Mr. Thomas and placing him in the bathroom.  The destruction of the house becomes a secondary issue, an after thought.  This helps to bring out how something that held so much attraction and promise for the boys ends up fizzling out.  It is here where one is really unable to clearly make the case that the destruction of the house accomplished anything really.  The "destructors" simply destroy, without anything of a purpose- driven existence.  It is here where one is unable to suggest that there is a resolution to their frustration or something of a cooling off as being evident.

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