Brightest Heaven of Invention: A Christian Guide to Six Shakespeare Plays  -     By: Peter J. Leithart
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 Brightest Heaven of Invention: A Christian Guide to Six Shakespeare Plays

Canon Press / 1996 / Paperback

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Shakespeare is often seen as only second to the Bible in his influence of Western thought and literature. But Christians often have a tricky time with the arts. Exploring why Christians should read literature (and not dismiss it as unbiblical and irrelevant), Brightest Heaven of Invention seeks to help Christians understand literature, rather than evaluate it. Each chapter focuses on one of Shakespeare's plays through the lens of a central theme. Chapters are broken down into four lessons, each of which concludes with "review questions" that help assess reading comprehension and "thought questions" that advance critical thinking and analysis. Henry V, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing are analyzed. The actual plays are not included in this book and must be read from another source.

When integrated with reading assignments of the plays themselves, each lesson can take one week, resulting in a month spent on each of the six plays. A suggested schedule for homeschoolers is included. High School students, or advanced Jr. High students.286 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Canon Press
Publication Date: 1996
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X .75 (inches)
ISBN: 1885767234
ISBN-13: 9781885767233

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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. Literature abstracts from the complex events of life (just as we do every day) and can reveal patterns that are like the patterns of events in the real world. Studying Literature can give us sensitivity to those patterns and lead towards true wisdom.

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