The Destructors Rhetorical Analysis

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Irony in “The Destructors” This essay is going to be about the presence of irony in “The Destructors” by Graham Greene. Irony is a key element to this short story, there are multiple examples toward the end of the story when the gang destroyed Mr. Thomas’s house, such as when Mr. Thomas scraped mud off of his shoes to avoid getting his house dirty, when Mr. Thomas heard sounds of destruction, and when Mr. Thomas’s horoscope said destruction may be on the path. In the next few paragraphs, these examples will be explained. “He didn’t want to soil his house, which stood jagged and dark between the bomb sites, saved so narrowly, as he believed, from destruction.” (Greene, 12) In this example, Mr. Thomas was cleaning his shoes to avoid getting
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