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Who or what are the protagonist/antagonist in 'The Destructors?"  Please be brief.

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wadeone | eNoter

Posted October 14, 2012 at 11:12 PM via web

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Who or what are the protagonist/antagonist in 'The Destructors?"  Please be brief.

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 14, 2012 at 11:43 PM (Answer #1)

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The protagonist in "The Destructors" is the Wormsley Common Gang; their objective in the story is to completely raze the magnificent house owned by Mr. Thomas to the ground, leaving nothing behind.  The reader could interpret the story as having multiple antagonists. 

Society: First, the antagonist could be society in general, because one of the primary conflicts in the story is man versus society.  The Wormsley Common gang wants to destroy the old house, because they are rebelling against the image it projects of upperclass society.

The House:  The house itself could be viewed as an antagonist, because the boys work against the fixtures and structure in their collaborative attempt to destroy it.

Mr. Thomas:  Mr. Thomas is the most obvious choice as antagonist, because the boys attempt to circumvent his authority by destroying his house and locking him in the outhouse.

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