The Destructors Theme Essay Introduction

[Although it is not the policy of Enotes to provide students with essays, educators are glad to offer advice and instruction on the writing process.]

An introduction contains a "motivator" that invites the interest of the reader, and the thesis statement. Often an observation or a quotation intrigues a reader and motivates him/her to read the essay; also, this observation or quote should reflect the thematic pulse of the essay. For instance, since you mention the symbolic and philosophical implications in your thesis, you may wish to suggest these ideas in the motivator.

e.g. There is an innate violence in human nature that, once released, is not easily harnessed by beauty or culture.

Then, you write the thesis statement. This thesis statement is a "blueprint" of the essay; it should contain one main idea with three opinions. This "blueprint" will answer one of the questions "Why?" "How?" and "When?" Yours answers the question "Why?":

[Example of Thesis Statement] Since Graham Greene's "The Destructors" is a story that employs elements found in both commercial and literary fiction, there are popular elements for a compelling tale, and there are elements of allegory or parable as well as an exploration of psychological and sociological realities in Greene's narrative.

[3 opinions of thesis] 1. commercial fiction (elements listed in Feb.23 response) 2. literary fiction: allegory/parable  3. literary fiction: psychological and sociological ("social and cultural realities" as mentioned by the educator of February 23. In your essay, you will then explain why the story is allegorical, psychological/phiolosphical and sociological]

Let the ideas of each of the 3 opinions construct the topic sentence of each of the body paragraphs. If you are writing more than a 5-paragraph essay, two paragraphs are often used to explain just one of the 3 opinions of the thesis. Use lines and passages from "The Destructors" to support the topic sentences. Assuming that you are going to make use of the two responses on "The Destructors" of February 22 and February 23, you can construct your paragraphs around ideas given to you, but be careful not to plagiarize!) 

Here is an example of a topic sentence for 1. allegory/parable (you may need 2 paragraphs to thoroughly explain this):

[Topic sentence] Removed from the cultural elements of beauty and refinement of manner in society by the horrific bombings of London, the boys of World War II revert to the primal level of man and follow their innate urges to ravage what lies around them.

[Supporting sentence] When the gang meets to think of how to spend their time, a new nihilistic member emerges as leader; even his name is reduced to a mere letter: T. After he tells the others about Old Misery's (allegorical name--give its significance here or somewhere in your essay) and describes the beautiful staircase, "T. a product of the rubble of London,

raised his eyes, as grey and disturbed as the drab August day. "We'll pull it down," he said. "We'll destroy it."

Further, the boys......(continue with supporting details and quotes from the story)

After developing the blueprint in the body of the essay, reword the thesis statement and add a "clincher," which is an idea that extends from those you have discussed. Here is an example of a clincher:

An intense, dramatic narrative, "The Destructors" reminds readers of the innate forces which propel humans to create acts of inhumanity.

The Destructors Essay

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Trevor (T) :

A silent, decided, and seemingly frustrated teenager . He speaks nothing more than needed and " yes" or " no" forms most of his answers. He becomes a member of the gang because he wants to take revenge of a society in which his parents have come down. His father, formerly an architect, is working as a clerk ; and his mother considers herself better than the neighbors. This leaves T with nothing better to do than join the local gang. In the destruction of Old Misery's house, he is given the ability to lash out at the world in response to the misfortune it beset onto him.

T is very decided and sees the world as a collection of sayings powered by actions. He tends to destroy Old Misery's house and…show more content…


Before T becomes the leader of the gang, Blackie is the head. He is a just leader who is not jealous and wants to keep the group intact. He wanted to keep T in the gang, although he was slightly upper than the other boys. His leadership ends when the boys go on T's side to destroy the Old Misery's house. At first, Blackie is depressed and feels like going home and leaving the gang, but thinking that how famous the gang will be if they can do such a thing, he rejoins the gang.

When the boys decide to destroy the house, Blackie approaches the house through a lane because he doesn't want to be seen by the police. Formerly being a leader, he wants to keep the gang away from probable troubles caused by the police.

Although Blackie is robbed of his leadership, he cooperates well with T and even, at the final phases of the house's destruction, he regains his leadership by giving orders to other members of the gang.


A coward nine - year old member who can't open his mouth because he's been threatened . He has been said that a frog will be thrown in his mouth if he talks too much! Mike is a sample of the very low - class people in the society: those who are forced to remain silent and keep their words for themselves even if they have great

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