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Who is the protagonist in "The Destructors?"  

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Posted April 3, 2013 at 4:18 AM via web

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Who is the protagonist in "The Destructors?"

 

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

Posted April 3, 2013 at 5:48 AM (Answer #1)

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Trevor is the protagonist of Graham Greene's short story "The Destructors."  As the central conflict of the story unfolds, the reader sees that the Wormsley Common gang yearns to prove themselves as a real gang; the destruction of Old Misery's house would solidify their place in society.  In this context, the primary conflict is man versus society as the boys attempt to prove themselves to society by destroying Mr. Thomas' grand old house, an iconic symbol of the upper class prestige.  Two central antagonists emerge as possible threats to Trevor and to the gang's attempts to destroy the house: Blackie and Mr. Thomas.  Blackie deliberately tries to undermine T's leadership to take control of the gang for himself, whereas Mr. Thomas as antagonist must be contained in order for the boys to finish their wholesale destruction of his home. 

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