Coming from a background in theater arts may have prepared me to see with a different view point in reference to the classical writings of William Shakespeare of Stratford. The various beneficial aspects that the writings of the Bard of Avon bring to our homeschool,to me, far outweigh the misgivings to a some distasteful comedic moments, violence or disturbing content, which I am perfectly capable of avoiding and/or filtering for my family.
The plays and writings of William Shakespeare are a "mirror into the hearts and minds of men". Human nature. The plays and sonnets that have stood the test of time are a testament to the truth that man is, indeed, sinful, and has a nature that does not change. Human nature does not alter, even over hundreds of years of time. What was true in Elizabethan England, is still true today.
In fact, I read Shakespeare and see clearly that his writings point emphatically to the folly of man, therefore; reinforcing our need for God's Word and for Christ as our Savior. There is far too much to be gained from the study of Shakespeare in the safety of the home, and in my humble opinion, should not be overlooked as a great tool for teaching biblical character to children. I submit that Shakespeare is a valuable tool to Christian home educators, especially when partnered with the Bible for teaching.
What the Bard teaches, or reinforces, in our homeschool :
1. Man is inherently evil at heart. Man is sinful and in need of a Savior.
"And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world." John 12:47 KJV
2. You can not follow your heart. You must follow a moral code created not by men. The writings of Shakespeare clearly communicate our need to follow the Judeao-Christian moral code set forth by God's Word.
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9 KJV
3. Empathy with the mental, physical and emotional plight of others who are still "in the world", as we once were.
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" Romans 3:23 KJV
4. Although Shakespeare himself does not guide us directly to scripture or spell out the moral code, his writings clearly speak to the clear and unchangeable consequences of the actions of men. People who make poor decisions and evil characters come to ruin and despair. Hamlet. Macbeth. Iago. Take your pick of bad dudes in Shakespeare, and you will more than likely see that ended even badly for them all.
|Hamlet examines deep and darker themes.|
This play would be best left untouched until
"And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;" 2 Peter 1:5 KJV
6. Let's not forget the literary benefit to our homeschool. Shakespeare was the definitive writer of the English language. He coined phrases, added words to our dictionary (
- Ambleside Online Shakespeare Resources & Rotation
- Jimmie's lense on Shakespeare for Children
- Shakespeare for Christians? by Barb @Harmony Fine Arts
- Hands-on Shakespeare by Jimmie
- Charles & Mary Lamb's Shakespeare
- Nesbit's Shakespeare: Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare
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