Abelard Essays

  • Abelard and Heloise of Historia Calamitatum

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    Abelard's Historia Calamitatum and his letters to Heloise. Abelard was a well-known figure of the twelfth century that taught dialectic philosophy. Abelard was in his late thirties when he first met Heloise in Paris. And it was her knowledge and gift for writing letters, which was so rare in women at the times that attracted Abelard to her. Heloise was the niece of one of the Cannons. She was about seventeen when she met Abelard; this was not considered a big deal for back then it was pretty

  • Abelard and Heloise

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    presented a real case of star-crossed “lovers”, Peter Abelard and Heloise. This couple went to little length to fight society in trying to establish a relationship with one another. Although considered a love story to some, a relationship founded on lust, inability to fight for marriage, and union to the church, shatters the illusion of romance and shows the relationship for what it truly is, a lackluster liaison. The relationship between Peter Abelard and Heloise failed to be established with strong

  • The Castration of Eloisa in Pope's Eloisa to Abelard

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    Eloisa in Pope's Eloisa to Abelard If Pope's intent in writing an Ovidian heroic epistle is to show the entire range of his protagonist's emotions from meekness to violent passion, then he was wise to choose the twelfth-century story of Eloisa and Abelard as his subject. Eloisa and her teacher Abelard retired to different monasteries after her family discovered they were lovers and brutally castrated him. Years later, Eloisa by chance intercepted a letter from Abelard to a friend chronicling their

  • Abelard And Heloise Essay

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    Letters of Abelard and Heloise details the relationship between Abelard and Heloise, whose relationship is, from a personal perspective, tragic at best. This paper will explore Abelard and Heloise’s relationship through their correspondence and will demonstrate how Abelard and Heloise view the societal roles of women in a patriarchal Christian society, how Heloise is able to negotiate the constraints placed on her gender by society, and how this is reflected in the letters of Abelard and Heloise

  • Abelard Vs. Heloise

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    Abelard and Heloise were both intellectual individuals. Abelard was a teacher and philosopher and Heloise was considered the most learned woman in the France of her time. They both thought their writing mattered. However, Heloise “often wrote as if the world depended on each sentence” (Letters, p. xii). Abelard and Heloise argumentative both are similar in many ways. Heloise backs up her opinion in various ways; through scripture, personal experience, etc. In the same way, Abelard cites numerous

  • The Historical and Romantic Aspects of Pope’s “Eloisa to Abelard”

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    It can be said that Alexander Pope’s epic “Eloisa to Abelard” was a poem like no other. Based on the love letters exchanged between the two, Pope’s poem was rooted in physical historical evidence. But by taking the side of Eloise and her unrequited love for Abelard, Pope begins to tread in new waters. Furthermore, although before his time, there are elements of romanticism sprinkled throughout the poem dealing with individualism, nature, and strong emotion. By reading the letters, and in this paper

  • Fade, by Robert Cormier

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    somewhere in the 1920’s. Paul lives a normal but poor life, when he finds out that he has the ability to “fade”, which is the ability to disappear or become invisible. The ability is passed on from an uncle in the family to a nephew, and Paul’s uncle Abelard teaches it to him. Once he starts to use this new ability, bad things start to happen. He catches people doing bad stuff and does bad things himself, and he tries to cope with it. He vows never to use the fade again when his brother Bernard dies partially

  • Abelard and Aquinas

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    Peter Abelard was a renowned dialectician from 1079 to 1142. He subjected theological doctrines to logical analysis. In other words, he used rational argument to discover truth. Saint Thomas Aquinas, was a believer in the power of reason, giving St. Augustine's theory an alternate approach. He taught in Paris and Italy during the years 1225 to 1274. Both of these new age thinkers changed the way Catholic followers viewed the "natural world." Peter Abelard was one of the new thinkers that applied

  • Faith Or Reason?

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    that most matters of The Divine can be proved by natural human reason, while “Others were strictly ‘of faith’ in that they could be grasped only through divine revelation.” This was a new view on the faith and reason argument contradictory to both Abelard with his belief that faith should be based on human reason, and the Bernard of Clairvaux who argued that one should only need faith. Aquinas, in the Summa Theologiae, stated that, “Man should not seek to know what is above reason.” His argument was

  • Abelard And Heloise Analysis

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    The two primary sources we are dealing with are both undoubtedly written from the point of view of the two protagonists of this affair, Abelard and Heloise. The two sources, both of which are in letter form, deal with the cloistered lovers and their correspondents. The presentation of both sources side by side make it possible for us to objectively judge the affair from the point of view of both the lovers. The first primary source is addressed to an unknown friend, however, the piece comes across

  • A Comparison of Cleopatra and Heloise

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    Sex, manipulation, selfishness, obsession, and dramatic interactions are all present in "Antony and Cleopatra" and "The Letters of Abelard and Heloise." The roles of women in society and conceptions of femininity in the eras of Cleopatra and Heloise were limited compared to today's standards. In Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" and "The Letters of Abelard and Heloise," there are recurring images of women as well as conceptions that are unique to each text. In comparing and contrasting the

  • Similarities Between Abelard And Heloise

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    Jayeola Gloria Apapa HIS 121 AA November 13th, 2015 Abelard and Heloise: The Personal is History The mutual passion between Abelard and Heloise was very brief, yet it drastically changed the course of their lives, setting both on a path of struggle and suffering. Heloise was renowned for her intellect and extensive knowledge of Latin, logic and philosophy which, at the time, was rather unusual for a woman. Abelard, on the other hand, was one of the most influential philosophers and theologians

  • Analysis Of Abelard And Heloise

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    sweethearts and ended up isolated by an unfortunate fate. Abelard and Heloise is a different love story that is set in France during medieval conditions. Heloise, who was one of Abelard's understudies, transformed into a cloister adherent. And Abelard, the mind blowing thinker transformed into a priest. The observer here gets to see what their lives were like in their younger days through these letters that were made by the two, Abelard and Heloise. Abelard was an outstanding and dubious man that got a kick

  • The Case Of Abelard And Heloise

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    time, the decision of marriage was made for an individual and based on their status in society. In the case of Abelard and Heloise, Heloise took control of her life and made her own decision regarding who she wanted to be with. The main choices Heloise faced were when she chose to engage in a relationship with Abelard, going against her family’s wishes, and whether or not to marry Abelard when the time came, which she chose to do in the end no matter the consequences because she could not go against

  • Age Change In Letter 2 When Heloise

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    the two. In letter 2, When Heloise writes to Abelard, she talks about the letter Abelard wrote to his friend. Even from the very first sentence it is obvious that she has real feelings for Abelard when she starts by saying “not long ago, my beloved, by chance someone brought me the letter of consolation you had sent to a friend”. Later in the chapter, she

  • Relationship Between Abelard And Heloise

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    The letters of Abelard and Heloise tell of a romance that is one of the most famous in literature, however some may have to disagree. Peter Abelard, was a famous and controversial man. Abelard grew up the son of a minor noble family and declined to become a knight like his father, instead focusing on philosophy. Many people despised Abelard because of his wit and habit of embarrassing prominent thinkers. Abelard fell in love with his Heloise, who was a younger student of his, while he was living

  • Women In Literature Essay

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    exploiting women for personal gain and using their heavy-handed power to make women feel inferior can be seen in writings from the ancient Greeks all the through authors of the 20th century. Writers and intellectual thinkers such as Plato, Peter Abelard, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Henrik Ibsen, and even women such as Virgina Wolfe, and Fatima Mernissi have all written about the struggles caused by domineering men which women have fought against for so long. It is not until the late twentieth century that

  • Imagery In Alexander Pope's Eloisa To Abelard

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    Nature is often used as imagery in Alexander Pope's, Eloisa to Abelard, as well as descriptions of heaven, holiness, God, being wedded to God, Jesus' sacrifice, the sacred, solitary confinement, crime and offense, desire for submission to God and often tears and weeping. As the poem is about Eloisa and Abelard being in love, married and having a child, then being separated and Abelard castrated and Eloisa forced into a convent, descriptions of nature are useful imagery, because it is used to explain

  • In Jean Jacques Rousseau's 'Heloise, Abelard'

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    Published in 1761, Jean Jacques Rousseau’s revision of the legend of a famous pair of medieval star-crossed lovers, Heloise and Abelard, titled (Julie, ou la nouvelle Héloïse) Julie, or the New Heloise : Letters of Two Lovers Who Live In A Small Town At The Foot Of The Alps (referred to as Julie while naming the novel and JOTNH in in-text citations from now on) was extremely popular as well as controversial due to its transgressive content, notably the intense love affair between a young noble woman

  • St Thomas Ajanas And Saint Peter Abelard, Saint Thomas Of Aquinas

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    in truth united in perfect harmony. This synthesis was between the society and the church that forms a view of what is called medieval synthesis. The classical thought was synthesized and reintroduced through the contributions and ideas of Peter Abelard, Saint Thomas of Aquinas, Dante and Chartes Cathedral that influenced the religious and philosophical aspects in the late middle age. Religion was an important part to the medieval society and the development of medieval synthesis. An important person