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The Destructors

In Graham Greene’s short story “The Destructors,” in bombed-out post-World War II London, a group of boys known as the Wormsley Common Gang destroys the house of Mr. Trevor (a.k.a. Old Misery) as...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2020 6:05 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2020 12:55 pm UTC

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The story takes place against the backdrop of a war-ravaged London. The boys who make up the Wormsley Common gang are from poor, underprivileged backgrounds, and the bleak landscape in which they...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2018 11:54 am UTC

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The famous short story "The Destructors" by Graham Greene tells of a group of boys called the Wormsley Common Gang, who decide to demolish the home of an elderly man named Mr. Thomas, also known as...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2019 7:02 pm UTC

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At the beginning of "The Destructors," the August bank holiday is mentioned as the time when Trevor or "T" joins the gang. The August bank holiday in London is at the end of August, that places...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2017 8:35 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2019 6:25 pm UTC

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I would argue that T is the protagonist in that he's the one responsible for the main action in the story; he's the one who comes up with the idea of destroying Old Misery's house. That being the...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2019 6:52 am UTC

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The story suggests that destruction is part of human nature. It is infinitely more easy to destroy something beautiful, than it is to create it. The boys in the Wormsley Common gang are a...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2012 4:51 am UTC

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No, this story doesn't have a happy ending. It is a sad story of teenage boys whose mission is to destroy an innocent man's home for no reason other than it is still standing in the town that has...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2008 4:02 am UTC

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“The Destructors” is a story about a gang of teenage boys in post-World War II London when they decide to destroy a house just to see if they can do it. When the story begins, a group of teenagers...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2013 5:49 am UTC

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I think the conflict here is not between T and Old Misery, or even between T and Blackie. What is truly at issue is brokenness and desolation of England after the war, as contrasted with the values...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2019 3:59 pm UTC

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Your question relates to the motivation of the boys for doing what they are doing. Repeatedly, the boys show that they aren't destroying Old Misery's house to steal or to do anything that they...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2010 5:36 pm UTC

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There are always a number of factors involved in juvenile delinquency, and most of them are on display here. The members of the Wormsley Common gang have virtually nothing; they're about as poor as...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2018 9:38 am UTC

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Trevor's name acts as a constant reminder of his family's previous status in society. They've come down in the world, forced to move to Wormsley Common for unexplained financial reasons. But...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2018 10:02 am UTC

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This is an interesting question. In a story that is famed for its dysfunctional, nihilistic teenagers, their good qualities are not really examined! Still, I guess you can think about this question...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2010 7:11 pm UTC

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First of all, in terms of the age and beauty of the old house, the boys have no appreciation for it. They've grown up in poverty in the midst of a charred, post-war landscape pockmarked by the...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2019 7:52 am UTC

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The plan to destroy Old Misery's house originates with Trevor ("T"), who supplants Blackie as the group's leader with his audacious proposal. T's motivation stems from his anger at how his family...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2017 5:34 pm UTC

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I would say that some of the examples of imagery used throughout the story is reflected in the employment of destruction and desolation. Greene uses these images to reflect a hollowed out state of...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2013 11:51 am UTC

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Although Blackie is initially very angry about the way that he has been deposed from his position as the leader of the gang by the upstart T., and is aware of "the fickleness of favour," he quickly...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2011 8:08 pm UTC

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Greene is careful to point towards the setting as a serious factor in producing a generation of children who have known nothing but war and destruction in their lives. Given this and the way that...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2010 9:03 am UTC

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Greene is very careful to build up the character of T. as being a boy who is dangerously disconnected from any emotions whatsoever. The experience of being brought up during war and its aftermath...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2012 2:33 pm UTC

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From the introductory paragraphs in this story, we can see that the gang's values are based around rather trivial exploits that show their contempt for the normal values of society. They are a gang...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2012 2:44 pm UTC

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The Graham Greene story "The Destructors" is set in London after World War II. The Wormsley Common Gang meets in a parking lot that was the location of the last bombing during the Blitz, which was...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2018 12:56 pm UTC

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Remember, the climax of the story is the key scene in the tale - that tense or exciting or terrifying moment when our emotional involvement is greatest. Now we learn what the outcome of the...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2010 4:51 am UTC

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Graham Greene's short story "The Destructors" does not fit into the genre of commercial fiction, or fiction written for profit, in part because of its absurdist language and theme. Absurdism...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016 6:29 pm UTC

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"The Destructors" paints a very bleak picture of human nature, to say the least. It gives the impression that civilization—as symbolized by the lovely old house destroyed by the gang—is a very...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2019 6:55 am UTC

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The story is set among the ruins created by German bombing during World War II. These children whom the author calls "the Destructors" have grown up during the bombing raids, and their reaction to...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2015 12:52 pm UTC

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As T comes from a middle-class background, he knows he needs to do something out of the ordinary if he's to be accepted by the guttersnipes of the Wormsley Common gang. And what better way to do...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2018 7:52 am UTC

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The images of Old Misery's house sticking up like a "tooth" in the middle of the bomb site where the gang congregate and meet to plan their activities is a particularly important one. Greene wrote...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2012 2:40 pm UTC

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One motive that you can eliminate is theft. When T. speaks to Mr. Thomas, T. rings the doorbell instead of breaking into Mr. Thomas's house, and T. doesn't pinch, or steal, anything. Instead, T....

Latest answer posted January 2, 2017 1:20 pm UTC

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Graham Greene utilizes a third-person omniscient narrator to tell the story of how the gang of boys destroys Old Misery's home, which happens to be the only house still standing in Wormsley Common...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2018 6:30 pm UTC

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I think that part of the significance of the ending is that it helps to bring out the reality of the world following the wanton destruction that was the child of World War II. The effect of the...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2012 12:51 pm UTC

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This is a very interesting section of the novel. After effectively having been fired from his position as the leader of the gang, Blackie initially looks as if he will take no part in the plans of...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2011 8:01 pm UTC

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What the story shows is how war can turn normally civilized societies upside-down—how it can erode the delicate social bonds that normally hold people together in times of peace. We see this theme...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2019 6:04 am UTC

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It would seem that Graham Greene expresses in his story, "The Destructors" that the greatest irony of the World War II Blitz on London is that the children of this era do not find destruction as an...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2014 7:02 am UTC

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Trevor comes from a respectable middle-class family that's fallen on hard times, and it is his deep resentment at coming down in the world that transforms Trevor into T and turns a nice...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2019 6:33 am UTC

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Part of what makes this story so challenging in terms of its impact on the reader is the reaction of the truck driver to all that he is seeing. The truck driver is struck by the sheer surreal...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2013 2:48 pm UTC

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Mr. Thomas's house symbolizes the hope of a better world amid the ruins of post-war London. But the members of the Wormsley Common gang have been too brutalized by their experiences of growing up...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2018 10:50 am UTC

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"The Destructors" by Graham Greene is set in England just after the end of World War II. The city is still ravaged from war, and there is a distinct lack of beauty around the area where the boys...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2018 9:55 am UTC

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In Part 3 of "The Destructors," with saws, hammers, screwdrivers, and sledgehammers, the boys have reduced the centuries-old home that is the only house left standing after the London bombings to...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2014 1:22 am UTC

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You need to remember the setting of this story when thinking about this question. Let us think about the entire quote that you refer to before starting: Streaks of light came in through the closed...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2010 6:12 am UTC

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Trevor, the main character in Graham Greene’s short story “The Destructors,” displays his distinctiveness from the rest of the members of the Wormsley Common gang through his almost psychologically...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2019 2:55 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2018 7:57 am UTC

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The first thing you need to do is make sure you read the story carefully and pay particular attention to all the parts which include Old Misery. Old Misery is a very interesting character in the...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2010 8:02 am UTC

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The suspense begins when the narrator raises a question at the end of the second paragraph: What but an odd quality of danger, of the unpredictable, established him in the gang without any ignoble...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2018 10:56 pm UTC

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There is an emotional isolation that is present at the end of the story. The conclusion that Greene renders is one in which an emotional disconnect is evident everywhere. Mr. Thomas has been...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2013 1:54 pm UTC

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There is immense irony in the way that we are told that T.'s father is actually an architect. For somebody who devoted his life and earned his living through planning and constructing buildings,...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2012 2:49 pm UTC

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The members of the Wormsley Common gang in Graham Greene’s short story “The Destructors” did not really know why they wanted to destroy “Old Misery’s” house—a structure that heretofore had survived...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2018 12:42 am UTC

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Blackie is a good example of a character type known as the "flat" character. Flat characters usually play a minor role in a work of fiction and exhibit one or two traits. Blackie, the erstwhile...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2017 8:02 pm UTC

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Blackie symbolizes the more typical boys' gang leader of the early part of the twentieth century. Like the other boys who join together in mischievous conduct for thrills and a sense of camaraderie...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2015 9:34 pm UTC

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