The main theme of Graham Greene's short story, "The Destructors," is conflict between the old and young. Other themes in the book are loss of innocence, destruction and creation, the struggle between economic classes and the meaninglessness of life.
In this 1954 story, a gang of teenage boys called the Wormsley Common Gang seeks to destroy the home of an elderly man named Mr. Thomas. Although the story's theme is driven by this plot point, it is also focused on how the gang members lose their innocence in the process of destruction. They create new identities for themselves as criminals. The boys in this gang are poor, and they purposefully burn Mr. Thomas' life savings in a demonstration of economic strife. There is no greater meaning to the damage these boys do than their own troubled nature, hence the theme of meaninglessness.Learn More
Examples of foreshadowing include a teenage guy about to leave the house for a night out with his pals, telling his mother that she worries about him too much, kissing her just before he goes. The reader is perfectly aware that something awful is about to happen, which is what makes this foreshadowing: providing clues about something bad that is on its way, inevitably so.Full Answer >
"The Golden Kite, the Silver Wind" by Ray Bradbury is a story about two villages in China that begin competing by constructing walls around each town. The story is meant to point out the effects of a nuclear arms race, when countries compete to develop more powerful nuclear weapons. Specifically, it was written to draw attention to the nuclear proliferation that occurred during the Cold War.Full Answer >
"The Crisis" by Thomas Paine focuses on the concept of establishing a sovereign American nation free of British tyranny. Printed at the turn of the Revolutionary War, this collection of articles contended that the British wanted to express powers reserved only for God and that it was the duty of all colonists to stand against their oppressors. It is also referred to as "The American Crisis."Full Answer >
The sequence of events in a story is called the plot. There are several elements to the plot, including the introduction, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution.Full Answer >