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Posted June 11, 2013 at 5:57 PM via web

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Based upon the short story "The Destructors" by Graham Greene consider the following: You are Mr. Thomas and your house has been destroyed. Write your thoughts.

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 12, 2013 at 1:24 AM (Answer #1)

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As you know the gang led by T. and Blackie systematically destroyed Mr. Thomas's house and they even locked him in the bathroom. 

Based on this, if I were Mr. Thomas, I would be thinking the following:

First, I would be very upset that these boys would have the audacity to destroy my house. I would think that these youths are depraved and have no respect for society, people, and private property. 

Second, I would be sad that the gang of youths would actually do this very thing. I would think that World War II and all the bombings in London created a generation of youths that only knew destruction. Greene even intimates this point:

"Streaks of light came in through the closed shutters where they worked with the seriousness of creators - and destruction after all is a form of creation. A kind of imagination had seen this house as it had now become."

Finally, I would hope for the best. 


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