What is the main event in "The Destructors"?

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The main event in “The Destructors” is when the boys take apart an old man’s house piece by piece.

The plot of the story centers on a group of teenagers who seem to be bored.  They are gathering in an abandoned lot that used to not be a parking lot, before the blitz in World War II London.  The lack of value placed in human life during the war, their formative years, seems to have shaped the boys’ attitudes.

T. raised his eyes, as gray and disturbed as the drab August day. “We’ll pull it down,” he said. “We’ll destroy it.”

The boys think he is kidding at first.  Yet by raising the point, T has been elevated in their estimation.  He becomes leader.  There is no reason to destroy the house.  The boys have nothing against its decrepit owner, poor Mr. Thomas.  They just do not care.  Mike even says he will be late because he has to go to church!

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.

The destruction eventually accomplished, the boys move on.  In the end, they have not really accomplished anything.  They have destroyed the old man's house for no reason.