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What is the conflict of the story "The Destructors"?

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Posted October 29, 2007 at 12:24 AM via web

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What is the conflict of the story "The Destructors"?

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 29, 2007 at 12:14 PM (Answer #2)

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The conflict of "The Destructors" is primarily man vs. society.  The boys have had their innocence stripped by the events of World War II.  They use their imagination to reconstruct scenes of violence, demonstrating the influence of their environment on them.  The bombed out area in which they meet symbolizes this.  In addition to violence, the boys struggle to assert power and hierarchy, just as wars are fought for this purpose.

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