Application of Critical Approaches

By Miya Boudwin

I chose my critical approach because I thought there were more connections evident between the texts. When dealing with the Psychological approach there are many questions being asked. I focused on one question in particular: What do the characters' emotions and behaviors reveal about their psychological states? What is the Psychological approach? You analyze the characters emotions, actions, and motivations. You formulate ideas on why they did the things they did.

Oedipus Rex

King Oedipus was driven by extreme fear and immense paranoia to commit unbearable acts against his family and his kingdom. Some readers of the play are skeptical of whether the life of Oedipus was already predestined. or whether he was driven by his on actions.

The Sims 3

Doesn't he kind of look like a serial killer?

In this life simulation games the psyches of characters you control are very fragile. You as the creator have the freedom to choose their personality traits, aspirations, goals, and actions. Sometimes when their wants and needs become too imbalanced their actions start to become skewed. In return they could become withdrawn, mentally unstable, or even downright irritable! Some sims chosen personality traits make them more susceptible to erratic behavior.

Things Fall Apart

How does one describe an angry, determined, masculine, and stubborn man. I think all those descriptions can be fit into one word Okonkwo. He is a man driven by the need to be in charge and on top. He wants power and will do anything to get it. Psychologically Okonkwo seems unstable. He can be described as emotionally unattached and unavailable. Due to the humiliation and shame he faced throughout the novel. His actions and desperate attempts at power increase and his metal state declined.

The Last Of Us

I think it all boils down to why do we do the things we do? Two characters bound together by fate trying to survive through human and nonhuman obstacles. The main characters become ruthless as a result of their environment, though they never show signs of mental instability. The secondary characters however are the exact opposite endangering themselves in reckless behavior and erratic behavior. Some of the characters are so desperate for food and security that they would kill conform to cannibalism to survive!



Definitely the freshest in my mind. Macbeth acted upon his own desires to be king. His behaviors were the consequence of his thirst for power. Possibly the most obvious candidate for mental deterioration. Macbeth was so desperate that he committed treason and murder. One of the most pivotal scenes that could question his mental state was the dinner scene when he saw Banquo's ghost. Macbeth was clearly losing his mind!

Saint Nicholas Saves Three Innocents from Death

This captivating painting by Ilya Repin captures the intense emotion in each one of the figures. The man kneeling in the foreground has a mixed expression on his face. Each one the characters is conveying a different emotion. One can only wonder what did these figures do need saving. What is Saint Nicolas' motivation for saving them? The elderly man with the chains seems particularly unstable as if he is about to have a mental breakdown.

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