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The Destructors by Graham Greene is a short story about how war can change the lives of not only one but a whole society.

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The Art of Destruction By Samiha Thapa IGCSE English 10-3 Mr. Bryan Powles August 23rd, 2012 Samiha Thapa IGCSE English 10-3 Mr. Bryan Powles August 23rd, 2012 Markus Zusak, the author of The Book Thief, once wrote, ?Together, they would watch everything that was so carefully planned collapse, and they would smile at the beauty of destruction.? During World War II, London was going through a time of disaster and catastrophe due to the Nazi-Germans. The outcome of the Blitz left millions of people homeless and devastated fearing life. The crumbling of society left everyone awestruck, not knowing what their future was holding in store for them. Continuous bombing and raids took place allowing no hint of peace to pass through the city. The Destructors by Graham Greene is a short story about how the young generations? mentality and lives changed after the Blitz took place. A gang of boys come together with the intention to destroy an old man?s house. The action of the gang alludes to the Blitz, where the boys learnt the ways of violence and destruction. Despite the fact that they are teenagers, all their minds are young and they easily get influenced. ...read more.

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Mr. Thomas is an optimistic man and does not believe to see the malicious side in people. He once offered the boys chocolate and with negative thoughts they said to each other, ?It?s a bribe? (Greene 161) The house being a symbol of Trevor?s previous life seems to be the main factor that makes him destroy it. It seems to be a reminder to him that a house is something he once used to live in but now does not even have one. Following through with their plan, when they finally get in the house to start the phase of demolition, they find various things. At one point seventy pounds is found under the mattress, but with a snide remark Trevor says, ?We aren?t thieves?We?ll burn them, one by one.? (Greene 166) This is a sign of integrity but is then overpowered with a psychotic nature. His goal must be to put this man at par with the rest of the population, and destroy his life along with anything he hoped the future would be like. Trevor could pass as a sadist and or a psychopath but seems to have somewhat of a sincere mentality. He does not seem to be at any mutual spot but at two ends of an insanity Samiha Thapa IGCSE English 10-3 Mr. ...read more.

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For example, Mike?s parents have dreams for the future. Mike is encouraged to go to church and come home on time for meals. With the little that they have they are trying to make the most out of it instead of making matters worse. In spite of the fact that Mike has hope full parents he takes every chance even if, ?His mother felt ill, his father was tired after Saturday night, and he was told to go to church alone with many Samiha Thapa IGCSE English 10-3 Mr. Bryan Powles August 23rd, 2012 warnings of what would happen if he strayed.? (Greene 164) He does not seem to care about anything else but his life in the gang. Dreams have already been shattered and with the attitude and behavior of the young generation, no one seems to be able to fulfill their dreams and desires. All in all, due to war, people?s hopes, dreams and beliefs have completely been destroyed leaving lives shattered. The Destructors by Graham Greene is a short story about how war can change the lives of not only one but a whole society. Therefore, the reflection of the war had not only destroyed the society physically but emotionally as well. At the end of the day there was a certain limit to the destruction cause by the Nazi-Germans. It later on evolved into destruction by the people of London itself. ...read more.

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