The Destructors Rhetorical Analysis

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In “The Destructors,” Graham Greene uses a flashback to illustrate the exchange of powers between T and Blackie in order to demonstrate that loyalty is nearly nonexistent because every person will selfishly follow the leader whose ideas please him the most. At the beginning of the short story, it is noted that the newest member of the gang becomes the leader in the end, which brings into question on how it is possible that this boy replaces the previous one. The flashback then demonstrates that this shift starts with one particular instance of when the new recruit, T, proposes the idea to destroy Mr. Thomas’ house. The other children prefer this chance at infamy to Blackie’s idea of catching free rides. Because they wish to do something more

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