Comparison - Destructor and the Rocknig Horse Winner Essay example

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A. Graham Greene’s The Destructors and D. H. Lawrence The Rocking-Horse Winner
B. Even though Green’s The Destructors and Lawrence’s The Rocking-Horse Winner address the same issue, Greene’s story treats the issue of a torrid life differently.
A. Setting
1. Graham Greene’s "The Destructors"
a. London during post war era
b. Area is left with a sense of constant gloominess

2. D. H. Lawrence "The Rocking-Horse Winner"
a. London during post war era
b. Home seems to be covered with a dark cloud
B. Theme
1. Trevor’s family
a. Family lives beyond their means. The father was demoted and the mother feels she is better than the neighbors.
b. Trevor doesn't want anyone to
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The area remained depressed since the war as evident by the description of the obliterated Northwood Terrace area. No. 3, as it is known, is the only occupied house on one side of the car park. The car park is where the Wormsley Common Gang meets every morning to vote on the antic the gang will pull off that day. Northwood Terrace seems to be covered by grey clouds and a feeling of constant gloominess. Like Greene’s “The Destructors”, Lawrence’s “The Rocking-Horse Winner” took place in post war London, however the neighborhood is depicted as upper class. Although the family has servants, a pleasant house and a garden there is a sense of gloom, similar to the gloom of depression in Greene’s “The Destructors.” The gloominess in Lawrence’s “The Rocking-Horse Winner” is created by the mother’s obsession of having no luck and no money. This obsession bled over to the children, namely her son Paul.

Greene’s “The Destructors” and Lawrence’s “The Rocking-Horse Winner” involved children living torrid lives. The gang in Greene’s “The Destructors” plotted daily antics to see what they could get away with. Their antics display selfish, deviant behavior. While most of the members were followers, the leader Trevor or T. as he was called, lives in a home full of deceit. T.’s family lived beyond their means and T.’s mother feels as though she is superior to her neighbors. His father was demoted from an

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