Comparsion of Voltaire and Gronniosaw´s Philosophy Essay

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Although Voltaire and Gronniosaw are similar in that their quest for enlightenment and individuality, they are also very different. Candide is a philosophical satirical novel that ingeniously shakes the misinterpretation of doctrinal optimism. Whilst A Narrative of the Life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw written by himself, (For the purpose of this essay, ‘A Narrative.’) is an autobiographical, and spiritual account of Gronniosaw’s Journey. This essay will look at the narrative techniques and the distinctive features of the language used in both extracts. (Voltaire, & Gronniosaw, A230, Assessment Guide, 2013) Compare and contrast the context of each text’s, philosophy and religion, and ask the question, ‘does divine providence and …show more content…

Voltaire’s choice of character names is also significant. For instance, Candide implies pureness and simplicity. Indeed, Voltaire portrays him, as a naive two-dimensional character, with great peace of mind and sound judgement. However, despite ‘sound judgement,’ he is over optimistic, and no matter what conflict he endures, it never affects his enthusiasm. However, when faced with a crisis Candide does not know how to react, subsequently his naivety completely paralyses his sound judgement. Equally, Pangloss means, ‘all tongue,’ and is ‘Voltaire’s exaggerated comic creation.’ (Pacheco, and Johnson (eds), 2012, p.179) Pangloss is ‘the greatest philosopher of all time,’ but the character exaggerates and hesitates at inappropriate times, and simply quotes long-winded monologues of his displaced ideology. In addition, repetition, savage irony, hyperbole and tendency wit, and euphemisms are rhetorical devices used distinctively throughout the narrative. Ridicule is also effective in condoning the absurdity of optimism, especially in response to Pangloss’s beliefs, which are inconsistent, and continually shown up to be ridiculous, and incongruous. The rhythm of the narrative uses mixed sentence structure, both long, and short, divided by semi-colons and the continuous use of verbs, which connect the sentences to provide clarity, and kept the prose moving forward. ‘The other half shrieked and said their prayers;

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