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Identify the conflicts of "The Destructors" by Graham Greene.

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The famous short story "The Destructors" by Graham Greene tells of a group of boys called the Wormsley Common Gang in Blitz-ravaged London in the 1950s who decide to destroy the house of an elderly man they've nicknamed Old Misery.

Conflict is an element in literature brought about by obstacles or challenges that the main characters have to overcome to reach their goals. Conflict can be either internal or external, depending on the nature of the narrative.

In "The Destructors," the primary goal of the gang members is to destroy the old house, so their main conflict is with Old Misery, the owner of the house. This conflict is established early on when the boys refuse Old Misery's offer of chocolate. Trevor, nicknamed T, forms a temporary truce when he asks Old Misery to show him the house. After this, though, the gang and Old Misery are antagonists, and the story's main conflict involves the gang's efforts to get Old Misery out of the way so they can accomplish the demolition.

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