How does "The Destructors" show that destruction is a form of creation?  

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The destruction of the house also represents the destruction of T's former class identity. He and his family have come down in the world, no longer part of the respectable middle classes. The act of destroying Mr. Thomas's property and setting fire to his money constitutes a final break with T's social background. Now he's taken on a whole new persona; out of the destruction of money and property and all it represents he has created a working-class identity for himself.

The post-war era in Britain was the age of the common man. The British electorate shocked the world by rejecting their war-time leader Churchill and embracing instead a radical socialist government committed to widespread public ownership of industry and socialized medicine. Out of the widespread destruction of the war a new Britain was created, a less deferential, more egalitarian Britain built upon the smoldering ruins of a bankrupt, war-ravaged society.

In such an environment, class distinctions, though still a strong...

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