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The Destructors by Graham Greene

The Destructors by Graham Greene The Destructors by Graham Greene

Through this allegorical story, we will explore numerous literary elements including character, imagery, symbolism and irony.  The text is available through the link below.

 

From Perrine’s Literature:

 

“The Destructors” first published in 1954. The setting is London nine years after the conclusion of World War II (1939-1945). During the first sustained bombing attacks on London ("the first blitz") from September 1940 to May 1941, many families slept in the Underground (i.e., subway) stations, which were used as bomb shelters. "Trevor" was typically an upper-class English name. Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723), England's most famous architect, designed St. Paul's Cathedral and many other late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century buildings. Graham Greene (1904-1991), who was born just outside London, lived in that city at various stages of his life.

 

 

When we apply critical lenses, we will discuss whether the story still resonates in a world where terrorist attacks permeate the news.



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