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How was Mr. Thomas' house destroyed in the short story, "Destructors" by Graham Greene?

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ashleeycarolina | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 17, 2012 at 2:31 PM via web

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How was Mr. Thomas' house destroyed in the short story, "Destructors" by Graham Greene?

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 17, 2012 at 5:46 PM (Answer #1)

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There are two ways to answer his question. 

First, the boys in the short story break down the house in a very systematic way as they plot mischief. One of the themes of the short story is the idea of destruction as a form of creation. So, T. and the rest of the gang dismantle Mr. Thomas' house. For example, the youngest member of the gang, Mike, cuts the electricity, and other boys work to destroy other parts of the house. 

Second, the final destruction of the house comes, when the boys tie a rope to a foundational part of the house to the back of a truck. As the truck pulls away, the house comes crashing down. 

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