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

Conflicts in "The Destructors" by Graham Greene include conflict between the gracious pre-war world and the new world of devastation all around the boys, class conflict as the working-class boys experience discomfort with a home that represents upper-class tastes and oppressions, and inner conflict as the boys destroy a home they both hate and grudgingly admire.

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A main conflict in the story is between the old, ordered, pre-World War II way of life and the literal leveling and destruction the Wormsley Common Gang see all around them in the aftermath of the war.

In the early 1950s, London had still hardly been rebuilt after the massive destruction of the repeated bombings it endured in World War II. One house, however, stands tall amid the bombed rumble: a carefully maintained architectural treasure designed and built by Christopher Wren, who also designed St. Paul's cathedral.

When T calls the house beautiful, which he has toured simply by asking the owner to see it, Blackie, the head of the gang, feels uneasy:

It was the word 'beautiful' that worried him—that belonged to a class world that you could still see parodied at the Wormsley Common Empire by a man wearing a top hat and a monocle, with a haw-haw accent.

The boys decide to vandalize and destroy this architectural treasure—and succeed in doing so.

This act represents multiple levels of...

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