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by Graham Greene

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What is the central theme of "The Destructors"?

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In "The Destructors," Graham Greene observes man's unfortunate tendency to choose destruction over preservation.

The setting Greene chooses, an English neighborhood that has endured profound destruction in recent bombings of the war, offers a backdrop that demonstrates the inevitable cycle of destruction and violence that mankind chooses. The decisions of adults to attempt to destroy each other is mirrored in the behavior of the boys. There is a struggle for dominance between Blackie and Trevor that can only be resolved with a winner and loser. There is no room in their world for voluntary collaboration. Mike is kept quiet with threats of violence against him: “If you don’t shut your mouth,” somebody says, “you’ll get a frog down it.”

Trevor's decision to destroy the...

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