Faith · Literature

Our Constant

To be or not to be, that is the question...Hamlet In Hamlet's famous soliloquy, he contrasts the misery he is experiencing in his life with the unknown of the afterlife. Hamlet contemplates taking his life, but in the end Hamlet decides the known misery of this world is preferable to the unknowns of death. Hamlet's… Continue reading Our Constant

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Faith · Literature

Lessons from the Life of C. S. Lewis (part 2)

Failure. "Lewis is a failed poet who found greatness in other spheres of writing." McGrath, page 63 I can't say that I have ever considered C. S. Lewis a failure. Oxford professor, published novelist, speaker, apologist. These all speak of success. Looking at Lewis's early life, though, we see may failed endeavors and detours. Schools… Continue reading Lessons from the Life of C. S. Lewis (part 2)

Faith · Literature

Lessons from the Life of C. S. Lewis (part 1)

I'm listening to an audiobook on the life and writing of C. S. Lewis. You know, for fun, over summer break. The book is┬áC. S. Lewis -- A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet by Dr. Alister McGrath. It was published in 2013, honoring the 50th anniversary of Lewis's passing. (P.S. - I'm not receiving any… Continue reading Lessons from the Life of C. S. Lewis (part 1)

Faith · Literature

Know the Protagonist

Literary Analysis 101: Know the story's protagonist. Find the protagonist's goal. Discern who/what is standing in the way of the goal, and how/why they are preventing the protagonist's success. Everything else follows those details.(I can see your eyes glazing over. Stick with me; I'm going somewhere with this.) Sometimes, the protagonist is painfully clear. Jane Eyre… Continue reading Know the Protagonist