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