Graham Greene chose to set "The Destructors" in post-WWII London in order to comment on how violence, instability, and destruction affected England's society. Throughout the story, a group of juvenile delinquents bands together under the leadership of T. to utterly destroy a battered but stately eighteenth-century house. The house was built by Christopher Wren, Great Britain’s greatest architect, and symbolizes the pre-WWII upper class. Greene also incorporates various allegorical elements throughout the story to comment on England's post-WWII society and values. Mr. Thomas and his home represent the pre-WWII aristocracy, as well as the older generation, which holds traditional values and owns property. The Wormsley Common gang represents the disenfranchised lower class, which rejects the empty promises and values of the past. Greene represents the post-WWII class struggle through the Wormsley Common gang's destruction of house number 3. The desolate, war-torn setting; the nihilist attitude of T.; and the destruction of the eighteenth-century home represent how WWII affected London's society.