Part 2 Themes and Colors Key LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in The Destructors, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work.
They are the inhabitants of a neighborhood known as Wormsley Common, one of the poorest sections of the city. They meet and play in a communal parking lot, which adjoins a battered but stately eighteenth century house. The house that adjoins their parking lot play area, T. The sole inhabitant of the house is the owner, an elderly and somewhat cranky gentleman named Mr.
He gains entry by the simple device of asking Mr. Thomas if he can see it. Thomas gives him a tour. The house is clearly an architectural and historical wonder, an enduring remnant of a bygone era when such buildings were the careful work of artistic craftsmen.
He has learned that Mr. Thomas will be away on a long weekend holiday. Blackie and the others are at first hesitant but also are intrigued with an action so daring and audacious. In the space of a day and a half, they destroy the house with saws, hammers, screwdrivers, and sledgehammers.
Nothing is left standing or intact but the four outside walls. Even the unexpected early return of Mr.
The gang is called the Wormsley Common Gang (Greene, ). The Wormsley Common Gang consists of 12 boys, which has two alternating leaders Blackie and Trevor. Blackie is the original leader and handed over leadership to. The Destructors of the house, namely the Wormsley Common Gang, symbolize the effect of war on younger generations. Lastly, the main character Trevor symbolizes demotion, and with his demotion from the upper class to the lower class he wants to take charge and get back. The Destructors" is a short story written by Graham Greene, first published in Picture Post and Plot. Set in the mids, the story is about the "Wormsley Common Gang", a boys' gang named after the place where they live. The protagonist Trevor, or "T.", devises a plan.
Thomas does not daunt T. As a finishing touch, T. The driver arrives early the following morning, starts his truck, and proceeds toward the street.
Suddenly there is a long rumbling crash, complete with bricks bouncing in the road ahead. The driver stops his truck and climbs down. The house that once stood with such dignity among the bombed-out ruins has disappeared. Freed from his lavatory prison by the truck driver, who responds to his shouting, Thomas utters a sobbing cry of dismay: Thomas becomes angry and indignant.Blackie is a fifteen-year-old boy who leads the Wormsley Common Gang up to and after T.
’s brief time as leader. Blackie takes his leadership responsibilities seriously and wants the best for the gang. The Destructors of the house, namely the Wormsley Common Gang, symbolize the effect of war on younger generations. Lastly, the main character Trevor symbolizes demotion, and with his demotion from the upper class to the lower class he wants to take charge and get back.
- A Comparison of The Destructors and Lord of the Flies In Graham Greene's "The Destructors," the author presents the Wormsley Common car-park gang, a group of adolescent delinquents who commit petty crimes for fun.
The story is about a group of teenage boys who formed a gang and call themselves as the "Wormsley Common Gang". They have a meeting every morning in an impromptu car-park. "It is the site of last bomb of the first blitz"(Greene,55). Blackie is a fifteen-year-old boy who leads the Wormsley Common Gang up to and after T.
’s brief time as leader. Blackie takes his leadership responsibilities seriously and wants the best for the gang. Blackie’s character evolves as his relationship with T. does. In a sense, the Wormsley Common Gang represents the post-World War II generation in which nihilism prevails.
For there is nothing in the boys that approves of the old social order represented by.