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    Why Shakespeare for Christian Students?

    How to Study Shakespeare

    Recommended Reading

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

    Roy Battenhouse, Shakespeare's Christian Dimension: An Anthology of Commentary

    Jo McMurtry, Shakespeare Films in the Classroom: A Descriptive Guide

    Recommended Videos

    Note: Some of the movie versions of Shakespeare's plays include violence and sex scenes that may be offensive. Why these scenes have to be introduced to otherwise good productions is in part a mystery [the other part is Hollywood notions of what people want to see. One would think that someone who saw the value in producing Shakespeare might also see the value in producing it in such a way that they did not limit the audience.

    Most of the plays can be enjoyed by junior high school students and there is a real value in getting younger students interested in Shakespeare. My recommendation is that if you want to introduce Shakespeare to younger students, begin with Marlon Brando's version of Julius Caesar [Brando plays Marc Antony]. For other plays, when in doubt, rely on the BBC version. They virtually never include, so far as I can remember, scenes that younger students can't watch -- the one exception being the scene in Hamlet where the prince virtually accosts his mother in bed.

    Otherwise, always view the play yourself first before you invite the younger students to watch with you. The good thing about buying a video is that you can edit it yourself. If you spend the money on a video, you should make your own copy and view the copy most of the time rather than the original. If you consider a particular version of a play generally good, but are bothered by a particular scene, edit! Cut it out! It's your video and your house. You are not charging people to see the video, so do what you please.


    Richard III



    King Lear

    Julius Caesar

    The Taming of the Shrew



    Study Links for Shakespeare (You only need one!)

    Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet
    A complete annotated guide to scholarly materials about Shakespeare on the internet.

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