Some of the more significant growth territories that I experienced were the first viewing of King Lear vs. the second, the 1:1 critical theory conversation that my group was able to have with Dr. Kris McDermott, and viewing other presentations before presenting our own.
In all honesty, at first I was skeptical of the overall point of re-watching King Lear after break but after doing it there was a lot to takeaway. I understood while watching the first time, the role of each character and generally what was going on in the play but watching a second time gave me the chance to look deeper into my theory. It gave me more time to not just understand who the character was and what they were doing but rather why they were the way they were and why they were doing it. I was also able to use my groups choice of deconstruction theory to help me answer those questions. This helped me realize the benefit to re-watching something, how the second time around you can gather entirely different information that you may not have noticed the first time.
My group was also able to have a 1:1 critical theory conversation with Dr. Kris McDermott where she explained that deconstruction theory was very much an umbrella of other theories and how we can connect our theory to the play by analyzing the text and characters. My group chose to delve deeper into the duality part of deconstruction theory and that was thanks to her explanation of how duality can apply to Shakespeare. She really helped us be able to focus on one part of deconstruction that we could put our full attention on rather than just be confused about how oever arching deconstruction is.
Lastly, the benefit of watching other people present before we did our presentation. This is another one that I didn't believe would make that much of a difference until we did it. I was surprised at how many mental notes I was making of what looks and sounds good versus what does not look or sound good. I certainly found a significant benefit in being able to watch others mistakes and successes to help determine what we did or didn't do in our presentation.
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