The Destructor BY Scoot “The Destructor” Commercial fiction attracts many people because it’s more fantasized than literary fiction, which tends to not have much audience and is more about what can really happen with humans and society.
“The Destructor” by Graham Greene is a short story about a group of boys in a gang called Wormholes Common Gang and how their latest recruit had a rebellious plan on destroying a house from inside out of an elderly man. This short story fits in the genre of crime and drama because of what he gang does to this old man’s home Just to be rebellious because of the two types of classes they live in.Tremor, known as T.
, is the one who gives the gang an idea of how he wants to destroy Old Misery’s home. As they were in the process of destroying the house, Mike, the youngest of them all, let the gang know that the old man was on his way back earlier than they expected. T. Came up with a plan to lock him up in his lo until they finished what they started. At the end their plan of destroying Old Misery’s home was carried out and none of them could have been covered for doing such thing.This story is much more of a literary fiction than commercial because it contains more realistic things that could actually happen. Graham Greene enlightens us about humans and society in this short story. He shows how actions are mostly determined by their surroundings.
The tough time these boys were going through back in the sass’s, after The Blitz happened, made us realized how rebellious they were going to grow up. Their destruct society in a way made them destroy this old man’s house more easily with no care. Destroying Old Misery home proved how society affected their actions.The suspense is more character driven. We all wonder why the main character, T. , really wants to destroy this old man’s home when he has been nothing but nice with him and the gang. There was never a giving reason for him to be this way with Old Misery.
And I quote, “I’d like to see Old Misery’s face when we are through,” T. Said. Mimi hate him a lot? ” Blackmail asked. “Of course I don’t hate him,” T. Said. “There’d be no fun if I hated him. ” The last burning note illuminated his brooding face.
All this hate and love,” he said, “it’s soft, it’s hooey.There’s only things, Blackmail,” and he looked round the room crowded with the unfamiliar shadows of half things, broken things, former things. ” As described in the story, no one hates him. We always had that question in mind, “Why did he do that? ” It’s something only literary fiction would make us wonder. The end of this story is unsettling. Mr.
. Thomas (Old Misery) was left with no house to live in; it was completely destroyed from inside out. The man who finished stroking his home was left laughing at the situation although it was not funny at all. Search me,” the driver said. His eye lit on the remains of a bath and what had once been a dresser and he began to laugh.
There wasn’t anything left anywhere. “How dare you laugh,” Mr.. Thomas said.
“It was my house. My house. ” “I’m sorry,” the driver said, making heroic efforts, but when he remembered the sudden check to his lorry, the crash of bricks falling, he became convulsed again. One moment the house had stood there with such dignity between the bombsites like a man in a top hat, and alp it, Mr..Thomas. There’s nothing personal, but you got to admit it’s funny.
” That quote from the last paragraph was uneasy because what happened to Old Misery was quite a tragic. The importance in knowing the difference between commercial and literary fiction is to know what the story is trying to let us know. It also gives us ideas of what we could predict that will happen in the story. It’s also important to know what the story will teach us. Like in this story, we learn how society affects people’s actions.