Hum 112 Voltaire’s Candide

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Voltaire’s Candide Assignment 1: Reading Selection: Voltaire’s Candide REDACTED Dr. Davis HUM 112 July 27, 2014 Introduction Francois-Marie Arouet was a Parisian philosopher. Using the pen name Voltaire, he wrote “plays, novels, poems, and history” (Sayre, 2012, p. 815). Being a pessimist provided him the creativeness to write his greatest work named Candide. Chapter 6: An Act of Faith There are two surprise endings. One surprise ending came when Dr. Pangloss was taken away for unknown reasons or was selected along with Candice at random. I’m presuming it was for speaking his optimistic opinions against local ideals. The other surprise ending came when another earthquake occurred approximately a week after human sacrifices had concluded. The point of realization came when Candice deliberated the outcome of why Pangloss was hanged however, he may have resigned to accepting it as the people of Lisbon being evil and ignorant. Candice had previously discovered “a world filled with stupidity, plagued by evil, mired in ignorance...” (Sayre, p. 817). Additionally, another earthquake happened just over a week later even though an auto-de-fe was carried out to prevent earthquakes. The author somewhat convinced me of the surprise ending. However, confining both men for crimes that were not similar to the Biscayan and two Portuguese prevented me from accepting the full value of the surprise ending. The chapter does not give an indication of the reason for Pangloss being hanged versus being burned. Chapter 28: The Resurrection of Pangloss The surprise ending came with the ‘reappearance’ of Pangloss and more than likely instilled his theory that everything happens for the best. If not for his pessimism, I believe he would be seeking revenge for his hanging. The point of realization came when Pangloss tells his story as if accepting his hanging. When
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