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The Destructors, By Graham Greene - “How is T. different from the rest of the gang?”

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Introduction

Joanna Lowe 10W The Destructors, By Graham Greene "How is T. different from the rest of the gang?" The Wormsley Common car-park gang were a group of adolescent delinquents who committed petty crimes to amuse themselves and were as customary as any other gang around London post the Second World War, that is, until they were joined by a new member. "It was the eve of the August Bank Holiday that the latest recruit became the leader of the Wormsley Common Gang". This statement, as the opening line, introduces us to an atmosphere of conflict as Blackie, was the eldest of the gang and understood leader. So the prelude of another dominant character naturally conveys conflict. This is precisely the threat that T. imposed as soon as he appeared, and due to his presentation of his idea of destruction, his contrast to the other members of the gang became clearly visible and therefore became a challenger to Blackie's "throne". T's arrival to the gang was extremely distinctive compared to those previous to him joining the gang. He was instantly accepted and welcomed by the boys whereas usually a new recruit would have to of endured "a ceremony of initiation" in which they would have to prove their loyalty to the gang. ...read more.

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His wisdom of who Wren was and of his work was undoubtedly to do with the fact that his father was once an architect himself, but the certainty that T. had even brought it up in conversation shows his astonishing knowledge at his young age. Blackie's dismissal of T's remark exhibits the lack of his education or schooling as not only did he discard the remark without even thinking, he did not question T. of his knowledge or even show any interest. This action only even more shows the apparent difference between T. and his fellow gang members in the department of intelligence. T's language is undoubtedly much more refined than that of the remainder of the gang, as not only did he not squander words on mindless chatter "there were possibilities about his brooding silence that all recognised. He never wasted a single word even to tell his name", he seemed and remained confident enough to hold his own, without feeling the need to make small talk to fit in. " T. said 'It's a beautiful house,' 'What do you mean, a beautiful house?' Blackie asked with scorn. This quotation yet again proves the difference between T. and his friends. In the quote he uses the word "beautiful", which was extremely unusual for an adolescent boy living in East London to be using. ...read more.

Conclusion

We are told that T. had recently had a change of environments as he was used to upper class atmosphere and habitation, but was then so abruptly extracted from his noble existence and then deposited in the poverty stricken slums of London, post World War Two. This action had a major impact on T. and as it was due to his father losing his job as an architect, I believe that he chose Old Misery's house to destroy not because he was targeting Old Misery, but because the architect Wren built the house. It became an act of revenge in the respect that he was ruining an architect's work just as an architect had ruined his family's life. The fact that T. becomes so focused on destroying the house shows the sheer determination that he possesses. Overall, throughout the story, we are blatantly shown the manifold of differences between T. and the rest of the gang, his intelligence, education, up bringing, maturity and manners. Then there is also his encounter of being wrenched out of an aristocratic being and then being thrown into an atmosphere of destitution and distress in the lower areas of London, which taught him many lessons about love and hate "all of this love and hate...it's soft, it's hooey", and gives us an in-depth look at his outlook on life, showing us that he has been extremely damaged emotionally with his change of lifestyle. ...read more.

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