The destructors graham greene • henry graham greene, (2 october 1904 - 3 april 1991) was an in this short story, greene profiles the activity of a street gang named the 'wormsley common gang' for example, what do the gang's other activities suggest about life in postwar england. The destructors by graham greene place time and main characters the most important persons are the members of a gang called the wormsley common gang he lives in his ramshackle house, which has been damaged by a bomb but old misery is too mean to spend money. The destructors is set in one of the poorest regions in london, wormsley common in wormsley common is a group of teenage boys, known as the wormsley common gang near wormsley common is an old house, a relic of the eighteenth century, owned by a man named thomas, also known as old misery to the wormsley common gang. Graham greene's the destructors is a short story that takes place in london nine years after the conclusion of world war ii the story uniquely conveys the boys' desire to destory, gain power and to gain acknowledgement (the fame of the wormsley commen car-park gang would surely be reach.
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. The destructors analisys summery: the store i about a teen gang who called themselves wormsley common gang named after their city area conservative as kitty farmer leads a protest against ms pomeroy's choice of reading material one of the stories she had assigned, graham greene's the. The gang members say they wouldn't want him to starve, yet they are destroying his house, so they wouldn't mind him being homeless with nothing, not even his life savings symbolism trevor's dad being an architect yet, he want's to destroy a house. The characters dubbed the wormsley common gang in graham greenes the destructors are a deeply ambiguous group of kids, whose ethics, have been marred by post war society even the most virtuous of men are susceptible to the bitter ravages brought forth in the community in times of war.
The destructors of the title are the members of the wormsley common gang, a group of adolescent boys who presumably adopt a name for their gang from the geographical area of london where their activities are centered but, of course, the name suggests both worms and commoners. In the destructors the wormsley common gang lashes out in a terrible manner the gang starts off as a few young boys looking for ways to occupy the boys would do meaningless things like steal bus rides and calculate who stole the most at the end of the day when t comes into the picture things. The destructors âthe destructorsâ by graham greene (1904-1991) the destructors the had money but were forced to move to wormsley commons for unexplained financial reasons the destructors the destructors absurdity of life shows the absurdity of life and the meaningless.
The violent behaviors of the wormsley common gang and dick prosser in the destructors by graham greene and the child by tiger by thomas wolfe. The fame of the wormsley common carpark gang would surely reach around london there would be headlines in the papers t was giving his orders with decision: it was as though this plan had been with him all his life, pondered through the seasons, now in his fifteenth year crystallized with the. Now, coming to the story itself- it follows the wormsley common gang, a group of children living in eastern london in 1956 but then he goes on to introduce the gang and their lives, forcing the reader to wonder about the circumstances which have led to these young boys acquiring qualities of. In the short story the destructors by graham greene, a group of boys who call themselves the wormsley common, are faced with many difficult graham greene - the third man a classic tale of friendship and betrayal i life of the author henry graham greene was born on 2 october 1904 in. The main theme of graham greene's short story, the destructors, is conflict between the old and young in this 1954 story, a gang of teenage boys called the wormsley common gang seeks to destroy the boys in this gang are poor, and they purposefully burn mr thomas' life savings in a.
Greene has written the destructors as both a paradoxical and an allegorical tale the paradox is demonstrating the instability of post war england, by using the story itself is not just representative of the words on the page, but can be interpreted as something more important the issues that the. In graham greenes short story, the destructors, the boys in the wormsley common gang are portrayed as the protagonists the boys solve the conflict by rebelling against the image that is projected of upper class society by planning to completely raze the magnificent house owned by mr. Class struggle n this is seen in trevor because he and his family once had money but were forced to move to wormsley commons for unexplained financial reasons trevor burns mr thomas life savings this is the way trevor aligns himself with the gangs the destructors 11. Destructors disclaimer: the wormsley common gang as the theme on the destructors which will have formed a short story about spaceship powered by graham greene keeps a bunch of the story called asura punches demigods in the destructors, critic, poetry and to british policy.
Greene placed his characters in a post war zone in london where there seemed to be little hope of life greene's setting was urban with many young english boys as his main in the destructors i felt like the symbol was the wormsley common gang against the world or at least against old misery. Graham greene's ''the destructors'' was first published in two parts in picture post on july 24 and 31, 1954 this house is owned by mr thomas (whom the boys call old misery), an old man who lives alone a member of the wormsley common gang, mike is the only one who is surprised when t. The destructors is a 1954 short story written by graham greene, first published in picture post and subsequently collected in twenty-one stories later that year set in the mid-1950s, the story is about the wormsley common gang, a boys' gang named after the place where they live. Need help on themes in graham greene's the destructors check out our thorough thematic analysis from the creators of sparknotes the destructors not only depicts class difference and conflict between the wormsley common gang and mr thomas, but also probes deeper to examine.
Graham greene's the destructors was first published in two parts in picture post on july 24 and 31, 1954 in the destructors grahm grene takes us into the lives of a group of young boys living in a town devastated by war they call themselves the wormsley common gang, after the area where. The destructors by graham greene rebellious adolescent and the newest member of the wormsley common gang he comes from a wealthier background than the other. The destructors by graham greene summary in the short story, the destructors, by graham to the kids the view into the character's lives as children is symbolic of what they will become as adults to him we learn of the wormsley common gang they are growing up seeing the world as bitter.
Trevor is the lead character of the destructors, a short story by graham greene first published in 1954 trevor is a part of the wormsley common gang, a group of teenage boys who create mischief in the wormsley common neighborhood. In the short story the destructors by graham greene, a group of boys who call themselves the wormsley common, are faced with the gang accepts the plan, and carries it out when mr thomas, who lives at the house, is away for bank holiday after mr thomas decides to come home early, the. Over the years the published interpretations of graham greene's the destructors would have us read the story in remarkably different ways as greene puts it, what but an odd quality of danger, of the unpredictable, established him in the gang without any ignoble ceremony of initiation.