in what ways is the neighborhood a setting of destruction in "The Destructors"?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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"The Destructors" takes place in London, England after World War II. Even though the Battle of Britain occurred before most of the boys can remember, or were even born, they still feel the consequences and the lasting impact of the war on their city. The entire neighborhood of the Wormsley Common gang has been bombed out, and the Mr. Thomas' elegant, yet damaged house is one of the few still standing.  For these reasons alone, the neighborhood represents destruction of an old way of life and the boys of the gang as challengers to the status quo of old society rules.