DECONSTRUCTION AND RECONSTRUCTION
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.
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
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.
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 39 Steps".
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