This essay will explain the school of liteary thought, Deconstruction.

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When people sit down to listen to their favorite CDs, read their favorite boks, or watch the latest blockbuster flick to reach cinemas, deconstruction is not an issue. However, behind nearly every lyrical verse, haunting between the lines of every chapter, and silently spoken by every actor is a type of metaphor, a method of expressing something without directly saying it. In the 20th century, Jacques Derrida gave this definition a word: deconstruction.

For instance, when the lead singer of Cake speaks such lyrics as those exhibited in "The Distance" (He's going the distance/He's going for speed/She's all alone/In her time of need),the words taken literally, tell the story of a jockey or race car driver. However, a simple look in between the lines reveals a hidden agenda filled wiht lust and sexual innuendos.

Such hidden meanings were what Derrida aimed to divulge when he began to develop the idea of deconstruction during the 1960s.

The definition of deconstruction has been altered and debated for the past forty years, but the one solid component of deconstruction that exists is its purpose. Deconstruction is a means by which to analyze texts, as well as philosophies, and gain a sense of literal meaning. According to Derrida, life is filled with metaphors--metaphors that exist in everything from literature to philosophy.

Deconstruction opened the door for better understanding of the meaning behind words; deconstruction offers proof that words in the pages of classic literature exist only to contradict themselves and to say one point to shed light on another. Deconstruction, even according to its founder, is a contradiction in itself.