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A wise man once said Success is a journey not a destination Authors were using the idea of a journey before Homer wrote the Odyssey This literary tradition has continued to the present Two authors that embrace this idea are Voltaire and Sinclair Lewis In their books Candide and Arrowsmith respectively a man is followed on his trek through life and the discoveries that he makes along the way The two young men start out life as two completely different men Martin Arrowsmith the main character of Arrowsmith begins life in the small town of Elk Mills in the state of Winnemac Young Arrowsmith is different from the other boys He has an intense curiosity that leads him to help out the local doctor during his free time instead of playing with the other boys At one point the author comments Martin had one characteristic without which there could be no science a wide-ranging sniffing snuffling undignified unself-dramatizing curiosity and it drove him on Sinclair 280 His stubbornness and lack of tact dooms him to insult offend and generally annoy those that surround him Despite these strong characteristics Arrowsmith often sways from his path and has to force himself to go back He is constantly being tempted by fame money or even the pleasures of the flesh Candide the title character of Candide is very different from Arrowsmith Candide is the bastard son of a barons sister that is taken in by that very same baron Candide has an unaffected simplicity that causes him to be nave to the ways of the world Voltaire 19 His tutor Pangloss easily persuades Candide to his philosophy in life of everything happening for the best Candide takes this philosophy to heart even though he really does not understand it and relies on Pangloss to explain why things happen Candide is an honest trustworthy young man that is taken advantage of for those very reasons on several occasions At
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