Destructors

Topics: World War II, English-language films, New York City Pages: 3 (438 words) Published: April 21, 2015
Destructors

Plot:
A new Recruit, Trevor or T. was added to the Wormsley Common Gang He becomes the new leader
Old Misery, home owner of the only standing house, gives the boys a tour of the house T. tells the boys his plan to sneak in and destroy the house Start demolishing the house from the inside out
Old misery comes home early
Boys trap him in the loo so they can finish up their demolishing Feed Old Misery and give him blankets
T fades away from the story
Old Misery starts crying
Man hears but ignores and drives his house
The house is attached to the car, bringing the house down
Man saves Old misery

Setting
Post world war II (1950s) in London on Eve of August Bank Holiday

Characters
Trevor:
Brought down to lower class because of the war
New recruit
Has a brooding silence
Grey eyes
Father – an artchitect
Mother – snob
Wants to get rid of his past
Determined
Strategic
Disappears in the fabric of the story because he completes his goal

Blackie
Previous leader of the gang
Not jealous but wants to keep the group intact

Mike
Gang member
Easily surprised and gullible

Summers
Called by his last name
A follower
Is easily talked into things

Old Misery
Owner of the house that’s still standing

POV: limited omniscient

Conflict
External: T. vs. House
T wants to take the house down
Bothers him because it stands like “a jagged tooth”
The house doesn’t fit in with his ideal image of society
The house resists to breakdown – survived the bombs, the boys have a hard time ripping and tearing, they had to use machinery to destroy it House finally comes apart (resolution)

Symbols
Star on the loo:
WWII, jews were marked with stars symbolizing as victims
Old Misery trapped in loo- victimized by the boys
Hitler
T represents Hitler from the war
Hitler rose to pwer quickly- trevor became the new leader in the summer T and Hitler both try to create their own ideal society by removing what doesn’t fit in...
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