Brightest Heaven of Invention: A Christian Guide to Six Shakespeare Plays

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Canon Press & Book Service, 1996 - Christianity and literature. - 288 pages
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This book is a Christian introduction to Shakespeare for high school students and includes analysis, questions, and reviw for six of Shakespeare's most meaningful (and enjoyable) plays.

"Shakespeare was, as Caesar says of Cassius, 'a great observer, ' able to see and depict patterns of events and character. He understood how politics is shaped by the clash of men with various colorings of self-interest and idealism, how violence breeds violence, how fragile human beings create masks and disguises for protection, how schemers do the same for advancement, how love can grow out of hate and hate out of love.

Dare anyone say that these insights are irrelevant to living in the real world? For many in an older generation, the Bible and the Collected Shakespeare were the two indispensable books, and thus their sense of life and history was shaped by the best and best-told stories. And they were the wiser for it.

This book by theologian Peter Leithart is written for high school students and includes analyses of six of Shakespeare's plays ( Henry V, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, and Much Ado About Nothing ), as well as numerous review and discussion questions for anyone who wishes to incorporate them into their high school curriculum.

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User Review  - StJulian - LibraryThing

I am re-reading this presently. What an absolute gem! Leithhart takes the text and "unpacks" it as our British friends say, using the sense of the lines to reveal to us the meanings he believes ... Read full review

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User Review  - jcwords - LibraryThing

Okay, but not as good as I hoped. If you're not familiar with Shakespeare, it would probably be quite helpful. Read full review


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