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- Voltaire was a philosopher, and an author in his life of 84 years (1694-1778). Early in his life he thought optimistically, but as time went on and significant things happened in his life he started leading more toward pessimism. During his life many historical events happened, such as the Enlightenment.
- Voltaire’s most classic work, Candide, is a satiric assault on most everything that was prevalent in society during the author’s lifetime. The entire novel can be regarded as a bleak story where every character compares life stories to see whose life is worse.
- Conclusion: Candide learns to become his own person, to accept life for what it has to offer, and that not everything has to be analyzed to decide whether or not it was good or bad. In this way, Candide can be an example for all those who read his story.
- Candide is a humorous, far-fetched tale by Voltaire satirizing the optimism promoted by the philosophers of the Age of Enlightenment. It is the story of a young man?s adventures throughout the world, where he witnesses evil and disaster. Throughout his travels, he adheres to the teachings of his tutor, Pangloss, believing that “all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds,” (Voltaire 4).
- Life, death, and existence; every sentient beings at one time or another have perused each concepts in regards to their own lives, questioning the very philosophy that they had so easily accepted. In the novel Candide by Voltaire, Candide the na ve protagonist of the story who, though pummeled and slapped in every direction by fate, clings desperately to the belief that he lives in the best of all possible worlds.
- Voltaire and Sophocles were both philosophers of their time. They used their literary works in order to express their notions of the different aspects of the world in which we live. Voltaire s Candide and Sophocles Oedipus Rex are two works in which the author s use the protagonist s to express their notions of fate and how strongly this is conveyed in their image.
- A common intellectual characteristic of the Enlightenment was anti-feudalism. Philosophers were against the separations in the Old Regime and pushed for equality among human beings. Voltaire parodies the pompousness of the nobility several times throughout his novel.
- Francois Marie Arouet was born on November 21, 1694 in Paris. He was the son of a notary. The name most people know Francois by is his pen name, Voltaire. Voltaire was a French author, philosopher, and apostle of free thought, he was also one of the most influential figures during the French age of Enlightenment.
- Voltaire was a French writer and philosopher best known for his most famous work, Candide. He was a prominent and influential figure of the Enlightenment movement, especially in literature and philosophy. He was appointed as the official historiographer of France.
- Leonard Bernstein is widely known not only as one of the greatest American conductors, but also as a composer whose creativity and passion was spread over a wide range. His social and cultural influences helped shape his career into a musical icon and his music rekindled the American spirit.
- Voltaire s Candide is a driving commentary on the human condition its natural state of frailty, the result of which is compilation of brittle social, political and personal frameworks. The author, whose comment that disbelief is the basis of wisdom (Weber s lecture), blemishes the dominating ideal of the 18th Century optimism, defying it in the most tragic of forms human suffering.
- 31). Pangloss, the philosopher, tries to defend his theories by determining the positive from the negative situations and by showing that misfortunes bring some privileges.
- In Candide, Voltaire sought to point out the flaws of Gottfried William von Leibniz’s theory of optimism and the hardships brought on by the inaction toward the evils of the world. Voltaire’s use of satire, and its techniques of exaggeration and contrast highlight the evil and brutality of war and the world in general when men are meekly accepting their fate.
- The Baroness weighed about three hundred and fifty pounds, as therefore greatly respected, and did the honors of the house it had digniy which rendered her still more respect. Her daughter Cunegonde, aged seventeen, was rosy-checked, fresh, plump and tempting.
- Voltaire’s Candide is a novel that contains conceptual ideas and at the same time is also exaggerated. Voltaire offers sad themes disguised by jokes and sarcasm, and the story itself presents a distinctive outlook on life. The crucial contrast in the story deals with irrational ideas as taught to Candide about being optimistic, versus reality as viewed by the rest of the world.
- The eighteenth century is often called an age of reason, propriety, and enlightenment; but it was also an age of squalor, filth, disease, crime, prostitution, violence, and insanity and these less attractive (but perhaps more interesting) elements are favorites of the eighteenth century writers.
- As the title of the book suggests, Candide is synonymous with optimism. Pure and unbelievably naive, Candide follows the philosophy taught him by Pangloss that this is the best of all possible worlds. Voltaire uses Candide as a tool to show the absolute ludicracy of complete optimism.
- Candide and Pangloss are infact used to show the ludicracy in complete optimism. Most of the remaining characters, especially Martin are rational and pessimistic. But, Pangloss shows how ridiculous optimism is through his irrational and inane feeling that everything is for the better even after being hanged, dissected, and beaten.
- At the same time, Voltaire is not so much the pessimist that he holds no hope for any sort of improvement or salvation on the part of human beings.
- Literature is a diverse and bountiful area of intelligence where many ideas, ideals, and dreams can come about. Writings have come from as far back as the time of Jesus to whatever was produced yesterday. People have written superior works that can inspire, lead, and in the end, produce.