There are many differences and similarities between Graham Green’s “The destructors” and D.H. Lawrence’s “Rocking-Horse Winner.” “The Destructors” has flat characters, which strive to be the first gang to destroy a home, in efforts to prove themselves to other gangs in the area. In this story, they set out to demolish Old Misery’s gorgeous home. While in “The Rocking-Horse Winner,” Paul’s goal is to help his family become wealthy. Another difference is that the setting of "The Destructors" is in Great Britain. The story takes place after the bombing occurred during World War one, where many buildings were destroyed, and many families were forced into poverty because of the war. The setting of "Rocking Horse Winner" is a neighborhood near
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In "The Destructors," the children’s families are poverty stricken, and live in shabby homes. The other children in the story are accustomed to this way of living, except for "T," who had an upper class life prior to the war, and was not accustomed to a less fortunate lifestyle. In “The Destructors,” the gang works to destroy Old Misery’s home, and possessions. While in “The Rocking-Horse Winner,” Paul desperately tries to help his poverty stricken family, through his desperate pursuit to become financially secure. Furthermore, both stories depict luck being a requirement for fortune, in the minds of the characters.
The theme in “The Destructors,” is innocence lost (Blackboard 8). The boys in the story are in their adolescent years, when it is common for a young boy to center many of his thoughts on himself (Berger, 2008, p. 391). Moreover, as a gang member, Trevor may have felt “invincible, never defeated, and protected from harm” (Berger, 2008, p. 392). In “The Rocking-Horse winner,” the need for materialistic things can never be satisfied, is the theme (Blackboard 7). Moreover, “Riding the rocking-horse is an effective symbol for materialistic pursuits, for it is a furious activity that gets one nowhere” (Black Board 7). Paul feels that there is never enough money in his family. Soon he discovered that if he vigorously rode his rocking horse, he would