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Mike Mesrobian 9/24/08 History 121-IB Ideal and Reality One good husband is worth two good wives; for the scarcer things are, the more they are valued.” – Ben Franklin As Reese Witherspoon anxiously waits for the man of her dreams to propose to her in the opening scenes of the inspiring tale of heartbreak and revenge Legally Blonde , she envisions for herself the ideal life of a loving relationship with an incredible husband. Heartbreak ensues as her boyfriend’s intentions and ambitions, to marry a well-connected east coast girl, wins over his sexual longings, leaving poor Reese dumped. A time- honored theme connects the pretentious sorority girl and Heloise, a twelfth century nunnery resident: romantic expectations left sadly unfulfilled. Abelard’s loss of sexual ability dampens his interest in Heloise as his intention to never develop anything more than a physical, mindless relationship with her reveals itself. Love requires a connection that unites two souls regardless of capability for physical love. Abelard’s post-castration musings show a clear lack of connection as Heloise’s prospect of happiness wither away beneath her longing letters. Infatuation often leads to an obsession and appreciation many confuse with love. Abelard finds himself a student of, ironically, his own learner Heloise. Finding himself driven to spend as much time with her as possible, desire, rooted in the unknown, takes over his mind as he angles his way into a sexual relationship with a girl half his age. Clear throughout the story is Abelard’s love of his status: an elite philosopher and leading
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intellectual of his day. Heloise entered the relationship immature both scholastically and sexually.
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