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.
For there is nothing in the boys that approves of the old social order represented by Old Misery. The house, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the architect of St. After the devastation of the war, particularly the bombing of After the devastation of the war, particularly the bombing of London, there was a certain social and economic instability as reflected with Trevor's father, who like Wren is an architect, although he has been reduced to working as a mere clerk to the chagrin of his disappointed wife, who considers herself the social superior of her neighbors.
Old Misery himself was once a builder and decorator, but now he lives alone in "the crippled house" whose plumbing malfunctions.
Since he is too stingy to pay to have it fixed and does not know how to repair it himself, the "lav" is outside in a small wooden shed. Just as the old mansion is destroyed by the boys from the inside, so too has the city of London, been damaged from the inside.
London experienced economic and social uncertainty and instability after the war, and, of course, the infrastructure of the city was nearly demolished. In addition, there is a generational clash with the boys and the old man which is reflective of the English society of post-World War II.
Blackie, the first leader of the Wormsley Common Gang, loses his power, just as the upper class loses its place in England. Those aspirations of this ruling class have been defeated, just as Trevor has the boys systematically destroy the old mansion from the inside out, a direction that is symbolic of the condition of Christian civilization in England.
There is no longer a unifying providential principle; the younger generation of T. Trevor does not even wish to steal anything of value. From a drawer, he pulls seventy bundles of pound notes that the miser has kept hidden; one by one, he sets fire to them as he looks around the room "crowded with the unfamiliar shadows of half things, broken things, former things.
There won't be anything left when we've finished. Ironically, however, Graham writes that in destroying Old Misery's house, the Wormsley Gang works "with the seriousness of creators" since "destruction after all is a form of creation.
He [Greene] accepts, that is, a view of time and history as cyclical process, a process that inevitably involves the demise of Western Christian civilization eNotes.
In this view, then, the aftermath of World War II has affected, through its disaffected youth such as the Wormsley Common Gang, moral and physical destruction.The Wormsley Common Gang destroyed the house and it is in shambles, at the end, the house was pulled down by the driver and there is nothing left in this area now.
Greene set the story at the aftermath of the war, this allowed him to make his character to become real life people. In "The Destructors," T. becomes fascinated with a stately old house that has somehow survived the bombings of WWII.
When T. gains entry to the house, he convinces the members of his ragtag gang. - 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 Destructors Short Story Analysis This short story written by Graham Greene depicts a group of teenage boys, who call themselves the Wormsley Common Gang, after an area where they lived in. “The Destructors” by Graham Greene is a short story about a group of boys in a gang called Wormsley Common Gang and how their latest recruit had a rebellious plan on destroying a house from inside out of an elderly man.
This short story fits in the genre of crime and drama because of what. - 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.