After WW2, London was destroyed because of the Blitz. The story takes place there, and the hole story is based on the consequences of the destroyed town. It contributes to the story in many ways.
First of all, the fragmented society because of war was very notorious. The children and Mr Thomas were the two sides of human nature. The children, brutally affected by the war, were the evil part of society. They lost their compassion, trust, hope, everything they had, “we’ll show him we don’t take bribes”, that’s the way the kids reacted then Mr Thomas gave them a chocolate. As the story takes place in London, the centre objective of the Blitz, the society was very affected by that. On the other hand, Mr Thomas was the kind and less affected part of society. This man represented the little hope that was left after war. The destroyed London it could be seen as a symbol of the fragmented society, is as destroyed as the city.
Furthermore, the idea of the kids of breaking Mr Thomas’ house came from the setting in London. As Mr Thomas’ house was one of the only things that survived the horrible bombing, it was a symbol of hope and strength. The kids hated that, and decided to destroy it “We’ll pull it down”. If the setting were in anywhere else, the idea of destroying something so big wouldnt go through the kids’ mind. Since the society was so affected, they wanted to rip apart everything that could mean hope and little strength.
In conclusion, the setting affected the fragmented society and the destruction of London in the Blitz took to the destruction of the house.