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

Expert Answers info

Gretchen Mussey eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2015

write9,467 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Law and Politics

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...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 265 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

janeyb eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2007

write400 answers

starTop subject is Literature

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial