What are Trevor's thoughts after just having visited Old misery's house in "The Destructors" by Graham Greene?

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Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Trevor comes across as an extremely interesting and complex character in "The Destructors."  After having wheedled his way into visiting Mr. Thomas' house, he returns to the Wormsley Common gang and announces his intent to destroy it.  What exactly is motivating him to want to destroy the house?  To understand the answer to this question, the reader must analyze what is known about Trevor:

  1. He is older than the other boys--fifteen years old.
  2. He comes from a more elevated background; his father used to be an architect, but is now a clerk.
  3. His mother considers herself "better than all the neighbors."
  4. Trevor recognizes the Mr. Thomas' house as being built by Wren and is at least two hundred years old.

'T''s act against Mr. Thomas is one of rebellion; the young man is extremely frustrated and angry with his current position.  Later in the story, Trevor tells Blackie that there is no real "hate and love [...] only things."  Trevor wants to destroy the house because the part of him that yearns for his old life with his proud architect father finds the house beautiful and amazing; he is angry because he realizes that his old life is beyond his reach and he can not have it back.  What prestige he had is now lost to him, and the only way he can rekindle any kind of feeling of self-importance is in leading the Wormsley Common gang. 



fionapat | Student

Isn't Blackie the oldest?