Candide Essay

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Candide Essay Compare/Contrast of 2 Characters Throughout the story of Candide, the author Voltaire uses many of the characters to portray important things in life. The two characters that Voltaire used the most were Candide and Pangloss. Voltaire used these two characters to represent a particular idea or folly that he had about the world. In the story Candide, Voltaire is always portraying his own ideas by using the characters to illustrate his own ideas. Candide and Pangloss represent the main idea of the story, which is Voltaire’s folly of optimism. Even though they both represent the main idea of the story Candide and Pangloss have many similarities and differences. Before getting into the comparison and contrasting here is a…show more content…
Pangloss is the teacher of Cunegonde and Candide. Pangloss is a philosopher and supposed to be a very educated man. Pangloss teaches Candide all about this certain philosophy that he himself lives by. Voltaire explains Pangloss’s philosophy like this, Pangloss gave instruction in metaphysico-theologico-cosmolo-nigology. He proved admirably that there cannot possibly be an effect without a cause and that in this best of all possible worlds the baron’s castle was the most beautiful of all castles and his wife the best of all possible baronesses. It is clear, said he, that things cannot be otherwise than they are, for since everything is made to serve an end, everything necessarily serves the best end. Observe: noses were made to support spectacles, hence we have spectacles. Legs, as anyone can plainly see, were made to be breeched, and so we have breeches. . . . Consequently, those who say everything is well are uttering mere stupidities; they should say everything is for the best(pg. 4) What Voltaire is trying to explain here is that Pangloss thinks that everything happens for a reason and even though it may be something bad, it happens for the best. Pangloss teaches this philosophy with a strong emphasis and he really believes in it. In comparing these two characters, Candide and Pangloss have many similarities. One of the main reasons for this is because Pangloss is Candide’s philosophical teacher and Candide

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