During the past few weeks, I have been working on a group project focusing on the critical theory of deconstruction and how it relates to the play of King Lear. Deconstruction is not a topic that many groups in the past have chosen this theory and we were the only group this year to choose it as well. We did some research and from what we found, we thought we knew what we were talking about....but we were so wrong.
Our original idea was to deconstruct each scene, particularly the ones that Edmund was featured in. We had everything all planned out. Dr. McDermott came in one day and talked to our group, we explained what we wanted to do, but she informed us we were not necessarily hitting the actual topic. She said that we need to deconstruct the entire play to find a common theme and then we can relate it to the certain events. She told us that we continuing what we going to do or change it so it relates to the theory more.
We knew what wanted to do this project right, so we took the risk.
The common theme that we found throughout the play was the relationship between "something" and "nothing". We chose to continue to relate in to Edmund and I believe we did it very well.
We then had another risk to take, the presentation. Due to the common theme being nothing, we wanted to make our presentation fairly simple. We wanted the audience to understand the growth of having something and nothing through visuals and songs but finding those were not a easy task.
Overall we took a risk in both our paper and presentation but it paid off and I think we executed it very well.