Explore the Way Desires Are Presented in Macbeth and the Destructors

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Both Macbeth and The Destructors explore the theme of desires. However, the structure of Macbeth and the Destructors are very different as Macbeth is a play and The Destructors is a short story. William Shakespeare uses soliloquies to tell us what Macbeth is thinking so we always know what his desires are and what motivates him, this would have made it easier for the audience to follow Macbeths train of thought during the play. In The Destructors we never know what T is thinking because Grahame Greene has written the story in the third person. This makes it harder as a reader to infer what T’s desires actually are and what his motivations are. T is a very quiet character in the story and ‘his brooding silence’ gives nothing away to the reader so he is a much more mysterious character. The background of both texts are set post war. In Macbeth they have just come back from fighting in the war. Macbeth’s social status is raised because ‘brave Macbeth’ was promoted ‘Thane of Cawdor’ because he did so well fighting in war. The audience saw Macbeth as a hero at the beginning of the play, as he was a ‘valiant soldier’. T on the other hand has ‘come down in the world’ because his father who was an architect had been made redundant. We know that T has lots of knowledge about houses and buildings, as his father would have taught him something about them whilst he was working. Grahame Greene presents T as a very quiet character at the beginning of the book; he only starts to come out of this shell when he talk about Old Misery’s house. This is how we know he is intrigued about the house. T refers to the house as ‘beautiful’, this truly shows the class barrier between the boys as Blackie is shocked and wants to tease him tempted to say ’My dear Trevor, old chap’ and this show the boys want to mock T about having a higher-class background. This quote also shows that the boys
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