Comparision of Candide and You Can't Take It with You

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A comparison of great satire A satire will always have several life lessons to teach. The question is, will it simply throw it in your face, or will it hit you from the side with laughter? Voltaire’s Candide and Kaufman’s You Can’t Take it with You are two of literature’s greatest satires. While both make similar points against society, they are very different in how they satirize the world. Voltaire uses Candide to throw his beliefs in the reader’s face with the radical extremes of his story. Kaufman mischievously uses laughter to win the minds of his reader, and then slips a lesson in while they’re not looking. Perhaps the best example of this is found by comparing a main character from each novel. Candide is the main character of the like-titled book by Voltaire; hence he has perhaps the greatest lesson of the book. At first we see Candide believing unwaveringly in Pangloss’s teachings, that “all is necessarily for the best in this best of all possible worlds” (Voltaire, 4). Not long into the story, Candide begins to question this philosophy after being flogged, “If this is the best of all possible worlds, what must the others be like?” (Voltaire, 16). Throughout his adventures, Candide continues his back and forth view of Pangloss’s theory, later to be followed by disgust at the idea after seeing people hanged or flogged daily. This back and forth that we see Candide go through helps us see what we need in our lives. The lesson for us: While we should have an optimistic outlook on life, we cannot have blind optimism like that of Pangloss. Similar to the lesson we get in Candide, is one of the many lessons of You Can’t Take it With You. Grandpa has a rather optimistic view on life throughout the course of the play. Unlike Candide’s view from above Grandpa sees everything on the up side not because it is good at heart, but because he looks at whatever good
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