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…
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 moral choice predetermine the pattern of our lives?’
Voltaire satirizes the philosophy of optimism using juxtaposition, and irony through the speeches of the philosopher Pangloss. The perspective of the novel Candide is third person omniscient, which is a wide-ranging and authoritative, and allows the writer the voice to enter the consciousness of any character, to be aware of their actions, and how each character thinks and feels. (Davies, 2013 ‘Prose.’) This point of view gave Voltaire the ability to switch viewpoints, use satire, irony, wit, and humour to shape the narrative, vital techniques in lightening the tone of the story, particularly as some of the scenes and settings exposed tales of extreme depravity, and cruelty. Candide is an
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