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The aftermath of war and its impact are shown through Graham Greens story The Destructors.

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Lina Tran English 1B Professor Acharya October 15, 2012 The Destructors The aftermath of war and its impact are shown through Graham Green?s story ?The Destructors.? Graham Green was nothing like the characters in his story ?The Destructors,? in fact, he was the one being bullied. Green grew up in England and as a child was very introverted and sensitive. His early years were troublesome because of his his strict father who was also the headmaster at his school, and the bullies that he had to deal with. After suffering from a psychological break at sixteen, he moved to London where Sigmund Freud helped him with treatment. Throughout his life he met a lot of notable writers who became his mentors. Many considered him to be one of the most important English writers of the twentieth century and he has even been considered for the Nobel Prize. During World War II, he worked with the British government doing intelligence work in West Africa, and because of those experiences he was inspired to write ?The Destructors? as well as ?The Heart of the matter.? In ?The Destructors? we are introduced to a boy named Trevor, also known as ?T,? who becomes the new leader of the Wormsley Common Gang and seems to hold a little bit of resentment towards the wealthy. ...read more.


Green portrays Trevor as someone they all respect and answer to. So when Trevor sees Old Misery?s home standing unaffected amongst many fallen and dilapidated homes, the thought of destroying it consumes him. His family, was knocked back down in the world due to the times of war, he wanted Old Misery to know the same feeling. The boys of the Wormsley Common Gang easily oblige to Trevor?s plan as well because they also dislike Old Misery, despite him giving them chocolates. After Trevor finds some pound notes and burns them with Blackie. Blackie originally thought that Trevor was going to keep the money, and inquires about Trevor?s motives for doing all of this, saying ?You hate him a lot? (119)? Trevor replies saying, ?Of course I don?t hate him,? ?There?d be no fun if I hated him,? and with this he continues to burn the last of the money (119). Trevor continues to say ?All this hate and love,? ?It?s soft and it?s hooey. There?s only things, Blackie? (119). Blackie thinks that there is some underlying emotion that Trevor has in wanting to destroy the home, but Trevor?s response only emphasizes that Trevor is incapable of any human emotions. Love and hate mean nothing to Trevor, which also show that he is desensitized and detached from any normal human emotions. ...read more.


Thomas because he is the only one that was able to experience the joys of England Pre-World War II. He is the only one with happy thoughts and memories of England. Old Misery?s home was a symbol of old England being torn down to make way for the new England. Green uses allegory in his title to represent the boys of the Wormsley common gang as the destructors as well as describe where their destructive tendencies may have stemmed from. He suggests what the effects of war can have on a generation of people, and how the new generation will view the world post-war. We can see that the setting had an effect on the survivors. Following a time of destruction, the boys set out to destroy things themselves. Green shows the readers that not only were there scars inflicted on England in the form of destruction, but also in the souls and hearts of the survivors. Green doesn?t really criticize the period; he merely reflects on the effects that it had on some of the survivors. The Wormsley Common Gang?s destructive nature symbolizes the loss of innocence and youth in that era. They only knew the misfortunes and destructive qualities of war, so that?s what they learned to do. Green showed through the story of the Wormsley Common Gang, of what the impact of war and its destruction can have on society and the new generations that follow. ...read more.

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