The Destructors


Graham Greene

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The Destructors Symbols

Top Hat

Top hats in the story symbolize the obsolete values of the upper class in post-WW2-England, and the mocking attitude of the formerly lower class towards those upper class values. The top hat is an outdated…

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Mr. Thomas’s Lavatory

Mr. Thomas’s lavatory is another symbol of the impracticality of the upper classes and their tendency to cling to obsolete things and values. Mr. Thomas’s training as a decorator means he can take care…

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Sounds of Destruction

Sounds of destruction in the story symbolize awareness and ability to adapt. Throughout the text, hearing and understanding the meaning of the sounds of destruction signifies a character’s ability to move forward from that destruction…

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