The Force Behind The Pendulum

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In our world, there are largely visible trends throughout many facets of our lives. Whether they occur in music, history, literature, or any other areas, these trends are a result of one movement reacting to the previous one. This reactionary movement can be equated to the swinging of a cultural pendulum; a movement which may be examined, and even predicted. In our society today that pendulum has swung from realism in literature to transrealism, and it is about to swing past towards hyperrealism.
The force behind the pendulum can be viewed through the different trends throughout history. If, for example, we take a look at the Enlightenment era and how the literature and ideology morphs into that of the Romantic era, events and their reactions can be studied. The Enlightenment era was also referred to as the Age of Reason, due to people taking on a more secular and logical point of view. This was largely a philosophical movement, during which time there was also a great emphasis on causation versus correlation, and both of these are exemplified through Voltaire’s, satirical, Candide. Briefly, Candide follows the story of our main character, Candide, as the love of his life is taken away from him and he journeys in an attempt to get her back. He travels the world and comes in and out of riches, and all throughout this work there are competing philosophies at play, each portrayed by a different character. The character Pangloss represents the world of optimism, believing that
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