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all is for the best echoed Pangloss of Voltaires Candide Lamm 175 ln 46 Pangloss believed that if something happens then it is for a reason He held that the sometimes bitter endeffectwas justified by the predestined and inevitable meanscause Pangloss represented the attitude of eternal optimism which was prevalent during the Renaissance period However the state of affairs of the Renaissance was pessimistic to say the least Through the misadventures of Candide we see that Fortunes wheel was pointed toward woe through most of the Renaissance period Many of Candides tragedies result from some of the great movements of the Renaissance which turned out to be not completely for the best The first movement we shall look at is the increase in absolute and sovereign power During the Middle Ages the feudal system was becoming less effective There were many inconsistencies in the feudal system in fact there was not even a common currency As a result there was a rise in sovereign power in order to keep everyone on the same page Absolute power has its disadvantages at least for the common man as Candide got to experience first hand One of the first strokes of ill fortune that Candide encountered is a meeting with the Bulgarian draft board When Candide first meets the Bulgarians they are kind to him and their friendliness seems to be the fruit of the best intentions of simple hospitality He is told not only will we pay your reckoning but we will never suffer such a man as you to want moneyLamm 176 ln 109 He soon learned that their intentions were not indeed for the best as Pangloss had carefully taught him Their intentions were to have him serve their king whom Candide neither had loyalty to nor had even seen Because of the Bulgarian kings absolute power Candide was made to serve in the army and was beaten when he wished to exercise any
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