An Analysis of Candide Story by Voltaire

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Voltaire “Candide or Optimism” was written in the enlightenment era. Voltaire story is published in The Norton Anthology of Western Literature. Voltaire’s character, Pangolss, is a philosopher who teaches about God morals. Pangolss is also a mentor to Candide, who is the main character of the novel. Candide has a good heart but is also feel s very hopeless in life. Pangloss takes Candide under his wing and teaches him that “best of all possible worlds.” The enlightenment movement is seen closely in Voltaire writing style on page 378. Pangolss had an optimistic viewpoint and belief that the world was good, and that a powerful God had created the world. Pangloss also believed that if people believed something was evil or wrong, it …show more content…
Voltaire writing styles can be transformed to the Romanticism style of writing. The Enlightenment era began in the seventeen century, and during that time, there was great confusion leading England to move away from God’s authority. Many people during the Enlightenment era were scared of what religion represented and at what religion could do to them. People in return drew away from religion to science and author such as; Voltaire to explain the world. Voltaire beliefs were independently different from that of what the Bible had stated.

The Enlightenment era also brought new political ideas and laws to the West. The new political ideas introduced democratic values and institutions and the creation of modern, liberal democracies. Voltaire and other philosophers believed in people having the power, for position of power brings innovations in educational doctrine, political, and religious. The philosophers certainly stood on the believe that the government did not received their authority from God but from the King, who was appointed by his predecessor. The philosophers’ perceptions were their own ideas and beliefs would explain the truth about the world. The views of gaining illumination through the power of people’s thinking was strongly expressed, however the philosophers’ moral way of thinking was not in line with any true logical facts of explaining our world. The Romantic era was a period of

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