Why did the author set the story in a post-war, London neighborhood?

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The location of "The Desturctors" is important to the story. It is a constant reminder to the readers, and to the characters, of the loss of innocence the boys grew up with during the War. ALmost everything is destroyed , and the gang wants to finish it. They have no way to imagine a better life, only a worse one, and therefore tear down the house, rather than try and build a new one, or to imagine a better life for themselves. By setting the story in post-war London Graham Greene can create an environment that mirrors the destruction of innocence and imagination within his characters.

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