What are the conflicts in Graham Greene's "The Destructors"?

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Man vs. Society
The boys' destruction of Old Misery's house is their way of making a statement to society and their neighborhood; it is their way of making a name for themselves and building notoriety.  The Wormsley Common gang does not approve of what the fine, old house represents; their act of destruction can be seen as revenge against a society that has betrayed them. 

Man vs. Environment

Another main conflict within "The Destructors" is the way in which the boys methodically battle the inner workings of the old house.  T employs his technical know how to guide the rest of the gang in their destructive quest to raze the house from the inside out.  The boys physically battle the inner workings of the house with sledge hammers, crowbars, and even their hands, attacking the plumbing, the paneling, the electrical wiring, all in an attempt to bring Old Misery's house down.

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