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Why does the gang allow Trevor to become leader in "The Destructors"?

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As T comes from a middle-class background, he knows he needs to do something out of the ordinary if he's to be accepted by the guttersnipes of the Wormsley Common gang. And what better way to do that than to make the outrageous suggestion that Old Misery's house should be razed to the ground. The Wormsley Common gang are no angels, that's for sure, but even they wouldn't dream of engaging in such a mindless act of destruction without T's prompting.

T has some major issues, not the least of which is a deep resentment of society for his family's coming down in the world. Destroying the old man's house is a way for him to get back at a society he holds responsible for his genteel poverty, to attack the values on which that society is based and in which he no longer believes. T needs to find a place in society, a position of leadership that allows him to assert his alleged social superiority over others. The other boys in the gang go along for the ride as they don't know any better. They're...

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