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The story, The Destructors, by Graham Greene is an interesting one that revolves around a destructive teenage gang-the Wormsley Common Gang-and their journey

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The story, ?The Destructors?, by Graham Greene is an interesting one that revolves around a destructive teenage gang-the Wormsley Common Gang-and their journey. Greene uses many techniques like themes, settings, characters, literary devices and paradoxes to make this extract powerful and striking. ?The Destructors? is set in the 1960s.after the world war 2 when a new generation grows up in the remains of the past. The setting plays an important role as it elucidates the gang?s motives any goals. They meet everyday in the car park area. This shows how their surroundings influence them. A large part of their neighborhood is destroyed. They compare a house that didn?t fall or get destroyed in the bombings to a jagged tooth. These pitiful remains represent inequality and injustice blatantly. The prevailing themes that complement behavior of the gang in the Destructors are post-war mentalities, injustice, loss of innocence and destruction as a form of creation. As the Destructors is set post-war, Graham Greene brings out the mentality of the people. ...read more.


He believes that ?destruction is after all a form of creation? and he has truly lost faith in human emotion and feeling. ?All this love and hate? he said, ?it?s soft, it?s hooey?. T resorts to destruction to bring about justice; his family lost their status and came down in the world. Blackie, however, is portrayed as innocent and naive. Blackie expects T to share the money he found as a reward. T?s idea of a reward is burning the money. When T is enthusiastic about demolition of Old Misery?s house, Blackie assumes it?s because he hates him. T however, is quite indifferent to Old Misery. The character of Blackie illustrates what a child should be like; he provides comparison to the cold and apathetic character that is T. The tone of the story is sad and gloomy, and it reflects the loss of kindness and empathy that follows the loss of life in a war. ...read more.


The gang has many idiosyncrasies common to adult groups and armies. They use military terminology and organize themselves in an orderly fashion. They use terms like ?recruit? and they have rules which they must follow. They have a clear reign of leadership carried out by voting. These traits indicate to the reader that they are an allegory of real world; of the real wars and real political struggles for power. In the Destructors, the endeavor for leadership between T and Blackie is interesting. T. initially stands out as a strong candidate du to his ?brooding silence? and grand plans for annihilation but Blackie eventually wins back his power. He helps T out selflessly even when his supposedly brilliant plans are failing and gains the favor of the gang again. This hints the good in the work that will occasionally prevail despite the sea of sins. The dynamics of leadership and power in the gang are truly insightful and it?s metaphor for actual power plays. It is these tactics that make the story a powerful and meaningful one. It shows the effects of war, human nature and insights about real leadership and destruction. ...read more.

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