What are the gang's motivations for destroying the house in "The Destructors"?
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 has fallen in status after his father has lost his position as an architect. T recognizes that Old Misery's house was designed by noted architect Sir Christopher Wren, and it is a way for him to symbolically strike back at a world that has rejected his father. T's motivation is also his desire for acceptance into the gang, and wresting leadership away from Blackie is an additional benefit.
The other boys' motivations for destroying the house are much...
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