"There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy...but come."

The Prelude

 

Trapped under a totalitarian regime, where government censors attempt to stifle creativity and shackle truth, the poet William Shakespeare combines verse with virtue in his timeless plays — stories that charm his audiences and tales that educate Englishmen by entertaining them.  Shakespeare’s plays speak of important moral and historical lessons which influence key social movements in England, and later impacted America and the Globe.  See through Shakespeare how a subversive rebel-writer becomes the eminent historian and entertainer of his time, and a poet for all ages.

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Let all Americans study the life and plays of Shakespeare because the society that produced William Shakespeare produced America.  A totalitarian government sent men seeking liberty by creating new worlds — whether in the theatrical imaginings of our minds or in the paradise across the sea called “America.”  And these brave new worlds spoke of the beautiful potential of mankind. 

Moreover, let all Christians study Shakespeare.  He is among the first generation born after the Protestant-tearing of Christendom.  His life is rooted close enough to ancient Catholicism to be a valuable historian, while also firmly planted in a brave new world that provides great insight into future revolutions and upheavals. 

Lastly, let all Catholics study Shakespeare.  This great hero produced the greatest canon of Catholic literature since the New Testament was penned in the streets and jails of the Roman Empire.  Not since the first century, when rebel leaders took the good news of peace throughout the known world, has a canon of writings done more to battle evil, fight sin, defeat tyrants, expose devils and conquer death.  Let Shakespeare teach us how neither sin nor death dominate, the dark covering cast over all peoples is torn, and eternal life bursts into our brave new world.  How beauteous Shakespeare is!