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- Full Title: “The Destructors”
- When Written: 1954
- When Published: 1954, first in the magazine Picture Post and then in the story collection Twenty-One Stories.
- Literary Period: Modernism
- Genre: short story
- Setting: London in the 1950s
- Climax: Mr. Thomas is returning to the house and T. must convince the other boys to bring the destruction of the house to completion.
- Point of View: Third-person omniscient
Extra Credit for The Destructors
Not happy. Greene suffered from depression his entire life. As an adolescent, he attempted suicide several times and was sent to London to undergo psychoanalysis.
Family rivalry. Greene was one of six children; his father’s richer brother had another six children. The cousins grew up comparing themselves to one another.