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Tuition Cambridge IGCSE Literature at Kandana

bunpeiris Cambridge IGCSE Literature

Tuition Cambridge IGCSE Literature at Kandana


Private Tuition in ENGLISH Literature, Language Cambridge IGCSE, OL, Edexcel & National OL Targeting “A” Grade, at Kandana Saturdays and Sundays small groups by an Int’l School Master. Printed tutorials of absolutely high quality content and past papers. Classes are supported with an outstanding library of high quality, hard bound[hbk] study course books, literature course books, classics, language reference, fiction, biography, history etc.
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William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet

William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet
Shakespeare is for all cosmos, for all times: above image is of 2013 Hollywood movie adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet starring Douglas Booth & Hailee Steinfeld; below [Home Page Slide Show] images are of 2013 Bollywood movie adaptation titled Ramleela starring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Bible Vs. Western Cannon

The Bible Vs. Western Cannon


So, we are back. You guys [as you say] must have viewed and enjoyed, during the holidays, at MC, Sir Ridley Scott’s [Unlike, your sirs at the school, eh!, Scott was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for his "services to the British film industry" in the year 2003- Hollywood blockbusters Gladiator (starring Russel Crowe), Black Hawk Down, Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, Kingdom of Heaven, American Gangster, Robin Hood, Prometheus, 1984] ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings based upon the Book of Exodus, the second book of the Hebrew Torah and the Christian Bible. The defiant leader Moses [circ. 1530-1650 BC] rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. Trust you haven’t missed Noah [starring Russel Crowe] based on the story of Noah's Ark from the Book of Genesis of The Bible at Liberty Lite six months ago either.

The Bible is not simply a religious text. Bible is a literary masterpiece. The Bible is a priceless Jewel of Human Heritage as the Tripitake has been since it was enscribed [89-77BC] by the Sinhalese, already an advanced civilization at Aluvihare temple under the patronage of King Valagambahu following 12 years of famine in Aloka Lena [Aluvihare], Sri Lanka while the hoards of painted barbarians (the English) were still fighting the two legions of Julius Caesar at the beachhead of modern Wilmer on the coast of Kent [55 BC] of England.
For sheer diversity of form and content, for artistry, for affective power Bible is second to none of the literary masterpeieces. Stillmore, for the way in which it keeps springing surprises on us is exhilarating.
The Roman standard-bearer jumped into the midst of hundreds of enemy troops, determined to fight to the death. After some fierce fighting, the Romans finally reached the shore.

The first time ever I saw this image is in a British preodical on World History issued by the title of "KNOWLEDGE".  I was too young to read the whole set of periodicals my father [B. Donald Benedict Peiris] brought me. But then I began. It was a good start. And the numerous images etched into my mind. And locating same image again in web decades late was a delight.

This book, the Bible, is dynamite-after all, didn’t the Sovereign Lord prophesy the creation of Israel: "O My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, My people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put My Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it,' declares the Lord" (Eze. 37:11-14).


Above images is by kind courtesy of http://www.factsofisrael.com/en/stats.shtml

The Bible has been a significant component of English life for many centuries, particularly since the publication of the Authorized Version of the Bible in 1611.  The Bible has for centuries lit and fired the imaginations of artists of all genres; the great masters of European Renaissance and those who followed them; the foundations of English theatre were laid by medieval plays based on biblical events; the Bible is the main source of inspiration for some of greatest works of western literature such as Milton’s Paradise Lost as well as John Bunyan’s Pilgrims Progress. The biblical references are numerous in Shakespeare’s plays.

Now, coming back to our subject, Shakespeare (Oh!!!!!  that's an enormous subject and he was never a subject, he is the king, no the god, who according to Harold Bloom responsible for "Invention of Human"), let's talk about "The Merchant of Venice". 




The Merchant of Venice
 contains more biblical allusions than any other play by Shakespeare. In The Merchant of Venice, among other allusions to The Bible, the biblical story of ‘Jacob and Laban’ [1.3.74-92] features, albeit fleetingly, [the master never attempted to push arguments down the throats of the audience] in an all important argument on Grace of the God vs. free will, skill, courage and ingenuity of the human race.

To be continued.

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