DECONSTRUCTION AND RECONSTRUCTION
let's understand the word "deconstruction".
It simply means to take something apart and
in the literary sense its meaning is to "overturn"
all the binary oppositions of the peaceful coexistence
of a "vis-à-vis rather
than with a violent hierarchy. To be more specific,
when is a story's hero not a hero?
deconstruction is applied to certain aspects
of fiction, it flushes out the question, "How
would the situation turn out if play out with
real life consequences applied to it?"
In fiction it often reveals things that we weren't
thinking about, such as, a main character regurgitating
him or her to reveal the good or bad side of
their projected persona.
The reason fictive deconstructions
often turn out as they do is that fiction by
its definition virtually ignores anything that
isn't specifically included, while hiding something
that is included, but not spelled out.
deconstruction process can reveal a "trope"
(a word or phase in a sense different from its
ordinary meaning) or a stable of fiction as
false, unrealistic or even horrible.
of a "trope" is usually intentional
for ironic or satirical purposes and is explored
in great detail to show what circumstances manifest
in real life and always reveals flaws, which
lie beneath, such as, the true hidden secrets
of alcoholism, adultery and mental disorder
of a story's main character--- to name a few.
writers are inspired to degrade yesterday's
fiction heroes. Why? Their concern is with the
theoretical knowledge of "genre deconstruction"
or "genre busting".
An early example of genre deconstruction is
director Robert Aldrich's adoption of Mickey
Spillane's 1955 detective novel "Kiss
Me Deadly" in which Aldrich completely
destroys Spillane's womanizing hero Mike Hammer
in an ending never seen in a film before. This
film describes and tracks Hammer as one of the
most sleaziest and brutal fiction detectives
who becomes a self-righteous avenger.
later year excellent example is author's Alan
Moore 1986-87 series "The
Watchmen". Morre's contemporary
novel was written to reflect the anxieties and
to critique the superhero concept.
To give a brilliant definition
and depth to the novel artist Dave Gibbons used
a nine-panel grid layout throughout with recurring
symbols. Its illustrations are nothing less
than the work of a genius.
Watchmen" is often hailed by critics
and reviewers as the greatest comic book and
graphic novel of all times. Ah, but alas, to
receive the true value of this literary work
one must read it at least three times. Why?
Because it uses the "MacGuffin"
I know, your thinking, what in Sam Hill is a
"MacGuffin"? In theory, it's
a "side track", or something
not at all relevant to the story or plot, but
placed in an obvious way to distract and usually
has no significance to the subject matter of
the story or plot.
style or technique is probably the creation
of "Alfred Hitchcock" and
was first introduced in his 1935 novel "The
is not as complicated as "DECONSTRUCTION".
Again, Why? Because it is when a "trope"
is put back together, usually in a way it enhances
the "trope". Cycles of deconstruction
and reconstruction are basically how a genre
or trope evolves.
go softly into the night. mgf
Behind the Fiction