The Letters of Abelard and Heloise Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Reading the text closely, describe Abelard and Heloise. What do we know about them based not only on what they tell us, but their style of writing as well?

Essay Topic 2

How would the letters of Abelard and Heloise be written today? How would modern communication technology change the emotional tenor of this correspondence? What parts would remain trenchant? What parts would be lost?

Essay Topic 3

What does The Letters of Abelard and Heloise tell us about being male or female? How does the text represent masculinity and femininity? What are the roles appropriate to either gender? How do Abelard and Heloise define the differences? Where do they overlap?

Essay Topic 4

What does 'love' mean to Abelard and Heloise? How do their letters--and their actions--define it?

Essay Topic 5

What is the power of prayer supposed to be in these letters? Are the letters themselves...

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