Brightest Heaven of Invention
Peter Liethart, in this
excellent book, shows how Shakespeare was 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.
Each chapter of the book is a self-consciously Christian interpretation
of one of Shakespeare's plays, organized around one or several main
themes. Within each chapter, there are 4-5 sections that offer a
running commentary on the play, showing how the particular themes are
developed. At the end of each of these sections are two sets of
questions - review questions primarily for comprehension, and thought
questions which require consideration and drawing of conclusions.
Included also are topic suggestions for student writing.