The Destructors by Graham Greene
Extract based : It was on the eve of the August Bank Holiday that the latest recruit became the leader of the Wormsley Common gang……. T raised eyes as grey and disturbed as the drab August day. ‘We’ll pull it down,’ he said. ‘We’ll destroy it.’
Write a character sketch of Trevor on the basis of his demeanour and actions and the way others respond to him. Why do you think he wants to destroy the house?
Based on the excerpt, I would suggest that one reason Trevor wants to destroy the house is that he sees it as a chance to assert leadership in the gang. Trevor recognizes that the prospect of tearing down the house is something that the gang had never done. This would be new territory for the gang and they would need him to lead them in it. Trevor recognizes the opportunity for upward mobility in the gang's social hierarchy. The desire for leadership and how others perceive him as a result of it compels Trevor to use the destruction of the house as a means to an end. Trevor needs the validation of the group that comes with power. It is for this reason that the suggestion of destroying the house is fundamentally different than anything else the gang has done.
With such a bold suggestion, Trevor figures that new leadership is required. To these ends, Trevor wants to destroy the house. In remarking about the house's beauty, Trevor demonstrates that he understands what is he doing and the external motivation that resides in why he does what he does.