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Question 1: After reading paragraphs 1 through 3 of Zerrudo's essay, explain what about the plot and characters of "The Miller's Tale" a reader must know in order to understand the points that Zerrudo makes in those paragraphs. Who's who? What's happening? And then say where exactly this information would best be placed in his essay--like, after what sentence? In order to understand the characters of “The Miller’s Tale”, the reader must know Absolon’s desperate love for Alison and how he doesn’t give up to chase after her. Also, that he is very optimistic about the response from Alison, since he keeps thinking that he can get at least a kiss from her and she would be understanding. I think this fits the definition of Gaston Paris’s definition of “courtly love” where he mentions “ennoble[ing] of oneself through feelings” since Absolon views Alison in a superior, but trusts himself as well by saying “I’ll be sure to get a kiss out of her at the very least, if not more!” and “last night I dreamt that I was at a feast, a good sign to be sure.” The reader needs to have an idea of how Alison is cocky and trusts her beauty to the extent that she can comfortably hurt Absolon’s feelings. Also, knowing that Alison liking Nicolas would be helpful since it provides context about why she keeps rejecting Absolon. Information regarding Alison could be placed after where she is mentioned for the first time which could be after the sentence “Absolon’s pursuit of Alison in “The Miller’s Tale” is a prime example of the display of courtly love largely because it signifies his ultimate goal of attaining his idealized image of “love,” which fuels his persistence in wooing Alison.” Question 2: Zerrudo doesn't quite have a thesis; instead, he's investigating a question. What question is Zerrudo exploring regarding "The Miller's Tale"? In other words, what is his essay designed to find out? And does he give us a hint about what he might find? Zerrudo is seeking for the genuine definition of the “proper way to love” in accord with “The Miller’s Tale”. He gives us a hint of what he might find by stating that “However, “The Miller’s Tale” seems to neither explicitly nor implicitly provide any particular conception of true, genuine love” indicating that he will stick to the Tale, but might not find a legitimate answer. (To understand the rest of the questions, I recommend that you read the whole Zerrudo essay, then return to the opening paragraphs) Question 3: Zerrudo draws from two outside sources in the early paragraphs in order to define key terms. What are the terms he wishes to define, and why are they important to his investigation?
The key terms Zerrudo wishes to define are “courtly love” and “lust.” These terms are important for the investigation because these are the types of love portrayed in the tale, which narrows down “the proper way to love.” Question 4: The first two paragraphs on page 2 combine to prove an idea. What is that idea? And

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