Optimism In Candide

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“Candide” Candide is a good-hearted but hopeless young man. His tutor, Pangloss educates him that their world is “the best of all possible.” Candide is expelled from his adopted childhood home because he is caught with the Baron’s daughter in a romantic position. So he travels around the world and meets with a variety of misadventures. He had confidence and safety in following Cungegonde, the women he loved and aims to achieve her. His reliance in Pangloss’ straight optimism is frequently tested. Over the progression of the novel, Candide obtains wealth and even some experience about the world, and begins to question his faith in optimism. Candide is less realistic personality whose thoughts and actions are determined almost entirely by…show more content…
Martin is the first individual that makes Candide look at unhappiness, pain, and evil for what they are and that good is not always a consequence of every cause. As he goes through his adventures, Candide is surprised by the negative events and starts thinking more like Martin, deciding that some things that do happen are actually bad. He questions Pangloss’ constant optimism, but after a while so many bad things happen to him, that he realizes this cannot be for the best, and his life would be better if many things had not happened to him. Candide wishes he‘d stayed in Eldorado, the paradise where everything was perfect. Candide concludes that Martin is right, that life is all about illusion and disaster. At the end of this story, Candide does develop and mature some intelligence. He does realize his capacity to think things out and not accept Pangloss' Optimism beliefs. He also does not become a total cynic as is presented in the character Martin. He no longer agrees the idea that all things that occur are for the best. Instead he prefers the idea that we must make our own "best of world" by "cultivating our
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