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    In Candide, Voltaire is satirizing optimism but cannot help it shining through in parts of his story, undermining his extreme criticism of Leibniz optimism as portrayed by Pangloss. Candide’s embrace of a determined optimism, despite lampooning it through a series of unfortunate events, is a critique of Voltaire’s own argument. This can be proven by explaining the religious and social critiques of the book with relevance to the Enlightenment and Old Regime. In Candide, the characters must…

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    details can be pointed out in the short chapter of Eldorado that prove it is not desirable. Although many scholars and literary critics analyze Eldorado as a perfect society, it is not because there are many things wrong with Eldorado. Voltaire wrote Candide during the Enlightenment period which focused primarily on natural rights and moving away from the old principles and government which was at the time an Absolute Monarch system. But in the beginning of the chapter it is clearly stated that…

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    Candide is a French satire novel written by Voltaire, who was a philosopher during the Age of Enlightenment. Candide criticizes religion, politics, and philosophy, with Voltaire combining his wittiness with a comedic and adventurous romance story. Candide has several main themes, one of the themes is how it is foolish to be optimistic, and the story of Candide repeatedly tells us this. Another theme is criticizing how Pangloss 's philosophical theology of things were meant to happen, is…

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    Candide is a work of satire written in 1759. The author of this novella was born François-Marie Arouet, but he is better known by his pen name Voltaire. This work was condemned by both the church and the government due to its unforgiving nature concerning the ideas of philosophy, religion, and optimism. He even denied that Candide was his work, writing under another name of “Dr. Ralph” to keep his identity further secret. The original title of the novella was Candide, or Optimism. Translated…

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    Heroic Characteristics in Candide and The Journey to the West What does it take to be considered a hero? In ancient literature one can become a hero in many different ways. The culture and era in which a literary work is created has a strong effect on the heroic figure. As literature evolved throughout time and cultures, a hero and villain could have similar actions but be portrayed completely different. A literary hero is defined as, “A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose,…

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    Voltaire’s main project in Candide is to critique Enlightenment thinking, specifically Leibniz’s philosophical theory of Optimism. He does this most effectively through the folly of the character of Pangloss the philosopher, who is a representation of Leibniz and Optimism. Throughout the narrative, Pangloss’ stubborn belief in Optimism becomes absurd and inappropriate when it is juxtaposed with the terrible things that the characters endure. Voltaire is questioning blind adherence to…

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    during a period of time spent in England. Locke and Newton proceeded to have great impact on Voltaire’s works. Voltaire’s avid support for monarchy and hate for organized religion led him to write one of the most influential satire pieces of the time Candide (1759). Voltaire became an avid voice of the Enlightenment through his vast amounts of witty and sarcastic works that supported reason over myth and intolerance. Voltaire pointed out the problems of the age in a satirical way. Voltaire…

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    Candide by Voltaire Candide starts the story as an optimistic person just like his teacher Pangloss. Candide is a faithful student, but as his life goes on he begins to change the way he looks at things. Candide foolish way of thinking starts to melt away, as his experience the world more. He starts to think and becomes convinced that evil is part of the world. Candide comes to the realization that even when you do good things you don’t always get good things back in return. He shows you…

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    In Voltaire's Candide, two opposite characters are introduced to readers, Pangloss and Martin, the first demonstrating an optimistic perception on life, however the second represents a pessimistic perception on it. Both of these characters represents a diverse point of view of thought, applies his own ideas and beliefs to the world, and tries to persuade Candide of his own angle that he sees life from. This essay will compare and contrast both of the perceptions and how Candide reacts to both of…

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    I'm going to talk about Voltaire's "Candide" and Goethe's "The Sorrows of Young Werther". The topic of living a fully realized, enlightened life to produce happiness and satisfaction and that would benefit the self and others comes up frequently in the two stories. In Candide, Voltaire's reoccurring quote is "everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds." This is the basic idea of the philosophies of Enlightenment thinkers. To these thinkers, the idea that there was any evil…

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