Graham Greene uses numerous literary devices in “The Destructors.” Three of them are allusion, personification, and metaphor.
Blackie uses an allusion to a prominent historical figure when he mentions that a house had been built, according to his father, by “Wren.” While most English adults would understand the allusion to the famous architect Christopher Wren, the children do not, so Greene uses dialogue to explain it. “Who’s Wren?” “The man who built St. Paul’s,” which is London’s main cathedral.
Personification, endowing a concept or inanimate object with human characteristics, is used to describe that house as “crippled,” a quality associated with people or other living beings.
One of the boys in the gang is nicknamed “T” because the other boys think his name, “Trevor,” is ridiculous. When Blackie becomes irritated with T, he contemplates calling him “My dear Trevor” in order to make the others laugh at him. The narrator refers to this possible action...
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