The Letters of Abelard and Heloise Topics for Discussion

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How did Abelard first become famous?

How did Abelard earn so many enemies? To what extent was this Abelard's fault?

Why was Abelard castrated? How did he react to it? Did he blame himself? If so, why? If not, why not?

How did Heloise feel about being a nun?

To what extent were Abelard's feelings for Heloise based on lust rather than love?

Heloise had trouble understanding why she and Abelard were continually punished for their sins. What was Abelard's reply?

Explain Abelard's Rule of Life for the nuns of Paraclete.

What are the primary emotions being expressed by Heloise in the letters? What about Abelard? How do the emotions intermingle?

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