Quotation relation to Deconstruction"Fish, you are going to have to die anyway. Do you have to kill me too?" Page 92.What is the meaning of this line? Also how can you relate this quote...

Quotation relation to Deconstruction

"Fish, you are going to have to die anyway. Do you have to kill me too?" Page 92.

What is the meaning of this line? Also how can you relate this quote as to why The Old Man and the Sea should not be on a school reading list due to the theory of deconstruction?

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Jamie Wheeler eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Quotation relation to Deconstruction

"Fish, you are going to have to die anyway. Do you have to kill me too?" Page 92.

What is the meaning of this line? Also how can you relate this quote as to why The Old Man and the Sea should not be on a school reading list due to the theory of deconstruction?

Santiago is in a battle with the thing he dreams of and the reality of the event.  If reality wins, his dreams die.  Will nature win out over human ambition?  Will the fight for survival be the basis of human existence, thus making our most ethereal dreams ridiculous?

Deconstrucist theory, according to Derrida, posits that "writing is the supplement of speech" and therefore "the fact that a thing can be added-to make it even more "present" or "whole" means that there is a hole (which Derrida called an originary lack) and the supplement can fill that hole. The metaphorical opening of this "hole" Derrida called "invagination." From this perspective, the supplement does not enhance something's presence, but rather underscores its absence.

Personally, I don't see why deconstructionist theory should eliminate a text form a school reading list.  Questioning should not be discouraged.  Howard Felpin argues in his superb study, Beyond Deconstruction:  The Uses and Abuses of Literary Theroy:  "If literary activity is conceived not as issuing a body of knowledge but in a mode of being, the absence of certanty or consensus in the sutry of texts is no longer a disability." 

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I do not see any reason to not include the book on a reading list, other than that most kids really cannot appreciate it.  This is a deep psychological book.  Most kids don't have the maturity yet.

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