The Destructors (Rite of Passage)
- An object of desire: T’s desire to destitute power by proving himself what is capable of doing. He wants to turn into the leader of the gang by taking over Blackie.
- Trespassing (defying authority): Defying the law, defying the adults and lastly defying Blackie’s leadership by breaking into the house. T’s looking for power and respect.
- Dare/Challenge (construction of identity): Challenges the authority by planning to break inside the house. T wishes to have their orders completely followed.
- The mischief (should be owned up and dealt in a mature way): Rite of passage not completed. T and the other members of the gang did not feel sorry for what they did. They think it’s actually funny. The gang did not realize about what they have done and did not accept the consequences of destroying the house of a good man.
- Atonement (confession, acceptance and regret): Again the same. The gang did not apologize to Mr Thomas. The action of regretting and assuming responsability and maturity is missing. No one feels sorry for Mr Thomas neither the gang nor the driver of the lorry.
Find quotes to prove the following themes
- The individual affected by the social crisis: “A former architect and present clark”
- The aftermath of the war (how destruction leads to more destruction): “Destruction after all is a form of creation”
- The evil nature of man: ” We’ll destroy it”
- Loss of compassion (as a result of war): “How dare you laugh?”
- class struggle: “We want you to be comfortable tonight”
- Destruction for the sake of destruction “We’ll put it down”
Mr Thomas house: It symbolyses the little drop of hope behind the aftermath. It withstands the tough consequences of the blitz and the damage to London. Moreover, this symbol represents the upper classes and establishes a strong conflict among social divisions.
Mr Thomas and the children: Conflict between generations after the trauma of war. Mr Thomas portrays an old polite man with tender attitudes towards the gang. However, after the trauma of war lived by the younger generation, they learned that destruction will help to rebuild London again.
Old Misery: It’s very sarcastic since Mr Thomas is not a miserable person, they are no able to realize who is the miserable.
Money burning: Establishes class struggle among Londoners. Represents a symbol of taking revenge towards the upper classes who are able to prosper. The money burning means putting an end to the ones who cannot afford to have a proper life.
The debris of the house: The blitz in it’s full presence. Consequences after the impact the air raids had made among the people.
The laughter 0f the driver: No one says sorry to Mr Thomas. Neither the gang nor the adult driver feel sorry for him meaning there is loss of compassion as no one realize how a person could be after such event. War’s effects resulting from that demolition and the burst of laugher by the driver.