By: John P. Calloway
Upon reading the two stories, “The Destructors and the Most Dangerous Game” you will find the settings for the two stories are that of two different times, places, and world views. One is placed in a dark and dreary post war setting, and the other in a vibrant jungle full of wild game hunting and fishing. Each with very different conflicts and endings.
When you read the Destructors the main characters of the story are Mr. Thomas, T or Trevor, and Blackie. Trevor and Blackie were the two kids in the story that were more or less head of the gang that the story talks about. They were the guys responsible for tearing up Old Misery’s also known as Mr. Thomas’ house. The story takes place after the war and when reading the story it is easy to tell that everything was left in shambles. There was not much left that was nice or in good condition. It talks about how there are rundown buildings, things falling apart. When you read the story it gives a cold feel, like an old black and white movie, in the winter time, filled with poverty and defeat. The setting of the story is a perfect fit. It gives a great idea of what things looked like and why they were all torn down. If the story took place in this day and time it would have been a lot less believable because of the way they tore Mr. Thomas’ home apart. The children in this day and time would have been hauled away for something like that rather than it being an act of normalcy. The setting also most certainly had effect on the characters in the story, perhaps if they did not grow up in a time of destruction already and have already experienced such defeat they would not be so destructive themselves. The setting for this story set the mood not only for the readers but the characters themselves. When you read the story of the Destructors it gives off a very dark and dreary image in your mind. Post war, blown up buildings,...