Disparity and Destruction as Two Major Themes in Various Works of Modern Writers Such as D H Lawrence and Graham Greene

The Destructor as the title suggests illustrates a tale of the after affects of World War Two and the manner in which the bombing, bloodshed and destruction have made an everlasting mind of the young generation. While on the other hand, Lawrence deals with a story of a young boy who is ensnared in the marathon of greed because according to Lawrence materialism has escalated to the heights of insanity where money is a basic necessity to survive and is second most important prerequisite after breathing. II. THEME OF DISILLUSIONMENT AND DESTRUCTION A major theme that has been utilized by both the writers in their short stories is the theme of disillusionment. Greene states in the text, “Streaks of light came in through the closed shutters where they worked with the seriousness of creators – and destruction, after all, is a form of creation.”1 Hence the writer rather than projecting a peaceful and a harmonious atmosphere depicts the destructive side of human nature as this aspect reflects on the damage that war has done to human beings and their psyche i.e. destruction and damage gives them joy and they see it as a form of art and creation. On the other hand, Lawrence’s idea and understanding of disillusionment are illustrated in terms of weakening or lacking family ties. He depicts the idea that lack of communication and bonding in every human relationship is the basic cause of disillusionment and discontentment in life. As it is mentioned in the text, “She married for love, and the love turned to dust. She had bonny children, yet she felt they had been thrust upon her, and she could not love them. They looked at her coldly, as if they were finding fault with her. And hurriedly she felt she must cover up some fault in herself. Yet what it was that she must cover up she never knew”2 III. SOLITARY AND HOLLOW EXISTENCE OF MAN Another common theme that both the writers incorporate is the theme of human existence that is hollow and solitary.