The Diamond as Big as the Ritz, a fantasy, portrays the genteel viciousness of the Braddock Washingtons, who live atop a huge diamond of a mountain, feel annoyed when they must murder houseguests to keep the secret of its location, and assume they can buy their way out of any difficulty. In the final scenes, Washington attempts to bribe God to avert an aerial attack on his mountain, and John Unger, the young man who had come to visit the Washingtons on holiday from school, escapes with the lovely, totally impractical, and exquisitely selfish Kismine Washington and her sister Jasmine as their father, his bribe having failed, blows up the mountain. Winter Dreams hits closer to home. Dexter Green first encounters Judy Jones when he is caddying at her club.
When they put back the pieces afterward, and it makes them better. This often means pursuing a trope's inherent contradictions and the difference between how the trope appears in this one work and how it compares to other relevant tropes or ideas both in fiction and Real Life. The simplest and most common method of applying Deconstruction to tropes in fiction among general audiences and fan bases, and the method most relevant to TV Tropestakes the form of questioning "How would this trope play out with Real Life consequences applied to it?
While sometimes perceived as an aggressive attack on the meaning or entertainment value of a work or text, deconstruction is not properly about passing judgment and in fact, the term "deconstruction" was picked over the German term "Dekonstruktion" to suggest careful attention to the detail within a text over violently emptying the work of all meaning.
It means that all existing elements of a work are played without the Rule of CoolRule of DramaRule of Funnyand so onto see what hidden assumptions the work uses to make its point.
Sometimes you will hear this referred to as " played completely straight ", and it can be thought of as taking a work more seriously on its own terms than even the work itself does, for the purpose of laying bare hidden meanings in the text.
Normally, the impact this would have on a society especially a medieval or pseudo-medieval one is completely ignored. A Deconstruction would explore how a society would react to that ability. Note that while deconstructions often end up darker, edgier, sadder and more cynical than the normal version, there is no reason they have to be.
While the Deconstruction process can reveal things we weren't thinking about for a reason — a major contributing factor in why it tends to be depressing — Deconstructions are free to exist anywhere on the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs.
Either one is perfectly valid. And while it is true that dystopian settings and outcomes carry a far greater amount of conflict and thus make for far better story fodder than positive ones, giving a Deconstruction a cynical outlook just for the sake of there being a plot is not necessary; a story can be absolutely rife with conflict and still have an idealistic worldview overall.
Sometimes the best fodder for deconstruction in a story or setting is not its major themes, but the aspects that are discussed the least, if at all. For instance, a work in which gender, sexuality, poverty, race, politics, etc. Also note that Darker and EdgierRule of Drama and Cynicism Tropes do not by themselves turn works into Deconstructions, even if it means showing how dark and edgy something can be made.
There are plenty of dark, edgy and dramatic tropes that are used without ever exploring the meaning behind them, or their realistic implications. While some of the most acclaimed works in their respective genres are deconstructions, and many deconstructions do utilize dark, cynical and dramatic tropes in the settingit is the careful use and analysis of them that makes them acclaimed, not because they just have those tropes in them.
See Not a Deconstruction. Reconstruction is when the trope is then put back together, usually in a way that strengthens the trope. Think of Deconstruction as taking apart your broken car engine, and Reconstruction as putting it back together so it runs again.
Deconstruction and reconstruction can become Cyclic Tropes. A set of conventions is established the initial "construction" of the genre or ideas that are used in the storythis set of conventions is played straight until some author gets bored or frustrated with the implications the fantasy brings and decides to show us the unworkability of these conventions via a deconstruction of them.
Atop the ruins, a more realistic narrative i. Cycles of deconstruction and reconstruction are a major element in how genres and tropes evolve. In philosophy, this evolution is also known as thesis-antithesis-synthesis.
Before labeling something as a deconstruction, doublecheck that it's actually realistic. See also Reality Ensues for when this happens temporarily, usually for humor rather than deconstruction, and Fridge Horrorwhich is what people often think of deconstruction: Subtropes of Deconstruction Ascended Fridge Horror or at least some varieties of it: When the creators themselves acknowledge the Fridge Horror of their own works and incorporate it into the story.
The point at which a work shifts from deconstructing a genre to reconstructing it. Deconstructing a single trope. Works which involve crossovers from multiple fictional universes in order to deconstruct those fictional universes.
When a deconstruction takes place in a piece of Fan Fic. Video games which deconstruct some aspect of the video game medium itself. Works which parody other works or characters, or genres by pointing out how silly and unrealistic they are, and hence deconstructing them.The Great Gatsby (), by F.
Scott Fitzgerald, illustrates the ironic coexistence of great wealth and moral carelessness.
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