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Comparing Trevor and "The Destructors" with Nicholas and "The Lumber Room"

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Comparing Trevor and "The Destructors" with Nicholas and "The Lumber Room" Trevor and Nicholas, the major characters of two distinct texts have very similar personality traits and characteristics. At first the boys emerge to have very dissimilar intentions in mind; ambitions that drive their hearts, bodies and souls to strive towards achieving their desires. However, as the texts progress the reader becomes more conscious of the truth. As the two boys are introduced, the first impression created, suggests that they are complete opposites in terms of intentions. It is evident that Nicholas is an appreciator while Trevor displays a more detrimental nature. The ironic statement, "Destruction is after-all a form of creation," contradicts our beliefs, questions our ability of judgment and makes us doubt, think and consider. Is Trevor in fact a creator, an appreciator? Appreciation is the expression of gratitude and admiration. It's a beautiful house!" Trevor exclaims as, "He licks his lips one way, and then the other," hungry and craving for old-misery's house. T's father was an architect and accordingly 'T' seemed to have adopted a similar passion, for everything within Mr. ...read more.

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The way he manages to overthrow the leader, "Blackie," and take control of the gang assigning each worker to a particular assignment emphasises his power and challenging nature. Moreover, as Nicholas is preparing to execute his plan his youthfulness is revealed, "Nicholas had not much experience of the art of fitting keys in keyholes". He displays similar precautious peculiarity, he decides to challenge and exploit the assumption of adults being "older, wiser and better". He defies authority and plays tricks on his relatives (putting a frog in his bowl of bread and milk) and this is how he appears throughout the story, a devious, rebellious boy that clinches every chance of challenging authority. 'T' the protagonist and his gang shock the reader with their lack of compassion and remorse. "We'll pull it down, we'll destroy it,", The crew accepts and executes a plan of demolishing the two-hundred year old house, obliterating it from inside, and then crushing the remaining infrastructure. Correspondingly, Nicholas defeats his aunt with his constant challenges and she, "maintained the frozen muteness of one who had suffered undignified and unmerited detention'. ...read more.

Conclusion

The house is seen as a metaphor for his own life and a chance to obtain revenge from humanity, he acquires the chance to appreciate the house by demolishing it. In the destruction of Old Misery's house, he is given the ability to lash out at the world in response to the misfortune and shame it has beset onto him. Nicholas and Trevor are intellectual, audacious and devious boys. Their youth, and inexperience is juxtaposed with precociousness, talent in their endeavours, and methodical, strategic plans. The author's of both texts explore the ideas of youth and ingenuity to accentuate on the fact that age doesn't correspond with dexterity and aptitude; the reader is able to comprehend and understand this hidden message by learning about 'T' and Nicholas. It is evident that these boys stand out from other children with their mature outlook and vivid imaginations. I believe that they have cloned personalities and a very similar mentality. As Trevor and his gang eradicated a Victorian home, the canvas of devastation they created displayed just as much careful appreciation and engrossment as Nicholas exhibited as he surreptitiously explored the wonders of the lumber room. 1159 words ...read more.

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