This week we worked more on our theory projects. My group chose to do deconstruction, and we chose to look at Shakespeare's "King Lear". On Thursday, a guest speaker came into our class and went around talking to every group about their plans for their projects.
When she came to my group's table, she helped us understand more about what deconstruction is. She told us how we should focus on the word "nothing" when deconstructing "King Lear". It was really interesting to hear what she had to say about deconstruction. It was a little different from what I originally thought deconstruction was. From the start I new that deconstruction meant taking something apart, so we were going to look into the thought processes behind the actions in the characters in King Lear, focusing on Edmond.
As the guest speaker talked to us, my group realized that deconstruction was not just about breaking down the actions that took place in a story, but it was also looking more in detail at the language, and how that affects the story.
We talked about how the same word or phrase could be interpreted in completely different ways. For example, in "King Lear", when the king asked his youngest daughter to tell him how much she loved him, she said there was nothing she could say. She meant that nothing could describe how much she loved him, because she loved him so much. However, the king took it in a totally different way. He thought she was saying that there was nothing she could say to him about how much she loved him because there was no love to talk about. Of course that is not what she meant, but that was how King Lear took it. Because of that different interpretation, everything fell apart. So really, "nothing" is what destroyed the lives of many people in "King Lear".