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Voltaires Candide Optimism vs Reality Thesis The story of Candide deals with irrational ideas taught to Candide about being optimistic versus reality as seen by the rest of the world I Optimism Overwhelming theme A Candide learns optimism B Pangloss as a very hopeful character C Twist in the themes of the story II Contrast within the Story A Martin as a pessimist B Effects of the optimism on Candide C Voltaires view of Pangloss Conclusion Candide learns to become his own person to accept life for what it has to offer and that not everything has to be analyzed to decide whether or not it was good or bad In this way Candide can be an example for all those who read his story Voltaires Candide Optimism vs Reality Voltaires Candide is a novel which contains many conceptual ideas and at the same time is exaggerated Voltaire offers sad events that are disguised with jokes and witticism and the story itself presents a distinctive outlook on life The story deals with irrational ideas as taught to Candide about being optimistic versus reality as seen by the rest of the world The overwhelming theme that is presented throughout the story is optimism Out of every unfortunate situation in the story Candide the main character is advised by his philosopher-teacher that everything in the world happens for the best because Private misfortunes contribute to the general good so that the more private misfortunes there are the more we find that all is well Voltaire 16 Pangloss the philosopher states that everything has a purpose and things are made for the best As Candide grows up whenever something unfortunate happens Pangloss turns the situation around bringing out the good in it Candide learns that optimism is The passion for maintaining that all is right when all
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