public.wsu.edu/~delahoyd/decon.htmlThis week we pretty much spent all of our time watching plays that were written by William Shakespeare. We could either chose "King Lear", or "Macbeth".
It did not involve simply watching the play, however. First of all, we were asked to form a small group to work as a team. Then we had to chose a play and a critical theory to apply to the play. So, we had to think about how we could apply our chosen critical theory to the play as we watched it. We took notes during the movies to help organize our thoughts as well.
My group chose the play "King Lear". To go along with that, we decided to choose the critical theory of deconstruction. We found that particular critical theory to be a little difficult to understand. It is basically the reverse engineering of a story. It basically breaks down why everything happens.
This theory can easily be applied to "King Lear", because we can look at why the two older sisters played along with King Lear's plan, and why the youngest daughter would not play. It is possible to look at the reason behind everyone else's actions as well.
Not only would this theory be interesting to apply to "King Lear", but it would also be intereseting to apply it to everyday life. It can help people to understand why people to what they do, and what affects their actions have.