The gang members in Graham Greene’s “The Destructors” are catastrophic young children and teenagers who are unfortunately being greatly affected by their surroundings.
Placed in wartime London, their town is in rubble from bombings.
They have no justification or rationale for doing so, solely focusing on and being satisfied with the promise of becoming something that will be forever remembered.
"Even the grown-up gangs who ran the betting at the all-in wrestling and the barrow-boys would hear with respect of how Old Misery's house had been destroyed." Another prevailing theme of Greene's "The Destructors," is one that is identified easily while in the boys' m ...
Panel by panel and brick by brick they deconstruct the building and its objects.
They use hammers, screwdrivers, bats etc to destroy it completely from inside.
The story is set in post-WWII England where the country is still reeling from the destruction of a devastating war.
Among the various demolished structures, there is a lavish, old-school building where this tale is set.
The boys in "The Destructors" are still youthful enough to keep their innocence, yet they become cruel and selfish in their decisions.
Also touching upon the discepencies of human nature, Greene embellishes on the classic motive of fame and glory, as when the boys take on their biggest challenge and plot to destroy one of the last houses spared from the carnage of battle.