Better Living Through Beowulf: How great literature can change your life is the blog of Dr. Robin Bates, who asserts and proves over and over again in his fascinating essays, that literature, drama, and film can teach us how to live better. The connections he makes are often unexpected and thought-provoking. Even if I am not familiar with examples he cites, I always come away from reading with new questions and new ideas.
I had thought of quoting from them, but it is better to read them in full, and experience the blog as he has written them.
Here they are, without further comment, in the sequence in which they were published.
I don’t know how to “reblog” them, so there are the titles.. Please click the links!
Francois Joseph Navez, “Massacre of the Innocents” (1824)
The Sandy Hook killings recall the Biblical massacre of the innocents, referenced in “Moby Dick.”
Guido Reni, “Massacre of the Innocents”
A Christina Rossetti poem about the massacre of the innocents looks for solace for such tragedies in Christ’s love.
Blake captures the tragic clash between childhood innocence and worldly corruption that we witnessed in Sandy Hook.
Charles Bronson, “Death Wish 2″
Gun control is difficult because certain Americans have almost a sexual relationship with guns.
Thank you, Dr. Bates