Monthly Archives: March 2019

David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s TITUS ANDRONICUS: A Retelling in Prose — Act 2, Scenes 3-4

— 2.3 — In a lonely part of the forest, Aaron, holding a bag of gold, stood by an elder tree. He said to himself, “A man who has intelligence would think that I had none because I am burying … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PARADISE: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 21: Saturn — Symbolic Ladder; Saint Peter Damian”

“Canto 21: Saturn — Symbolic Ladder; Saint Peter Damian” Who is Semele? One should not be temperate in some things. One is Love. Unconditional Love is not temperate. However, even though Beatrice’s beauty is not temperate — she becomes more and … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Prejudice

Resisting segregation and racism is a good deed; so is simply being non-racist. Ralph Ellison, African-American author of Invisible Man, grew up in the era of Jim Crow and segregation. The black children knew about racism. When he was a … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s TITUS ANDRONICUS: A Retelling in Prose — Act 2, Scenes 1-2

— 2.1 — In front of the palace, Aaron the Moor stood alone. He said to himself, “Now Tamora has climbed to the top of Mount Olympus, home of the gods. She is safe from the slings and arrows of … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PARADISE: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 20: Jupiter — Two Pagans in Paradise (Ripheus and Trajan)”

“Canto 20: Jupiter — Two Pagans in Paradise (Ripheus and Trajan)” Briefly describe the six famous souls who championed justice on Earth. As seen in profile, the Eagle’s eye is composed of six famous souls (two Christians, two Jews, and two … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s TITUS ANDRONICUS: A Retelling in Prose — Cast of Character, and Act 1, Scene 1

CAST OF CHARACTERS Male Characters SATURNINUS, Son to the late Emperor of Rome, and afterwards declared Emperor. BASSIANUS, Brother to Saturninus, in love with Lavinia. TITUS ANDRONICUS, a Roman, General against the Goths. MARCUS ANDRONICUS, Tribune of the People, and … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PARADISE: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 19: Jupiter — Symbolic Eagle”

“Canto 19: Jupiter — Symbolic Eagle” What about the salvation of pagans, and how does that relate to the idea of a just God? In this sphere, no soul speaks individually. Instead, the eagle, which is composed of many souls, … Continue reading

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