In the book ?Candide? by Voltaire we are introduced to the main character Candide who
was born and raised in a castle in Westphalia. Candide has been brought up under the
teachings of the great philosopher Pangloss who is basically a philosopher of everything.
Pangloss? main philosophical view is that ?everything is for the best in this best of all
possible worlds.? Pangloss demonstrates this by using an example of the reason we have a
nose is for glasses to be placed upon it. However Candide gets kicked out of the castle
that he grew up in and as he continues to believe in Pangloss? theory it is starting to be
contradicted greatly with the events that have been occurring in Candide?s life.
From the very first chapter in the book we are presented with events that
Candide?s faith in Pangloss? theory. He faces a wide variety of tragedies one after another
including rapes, robberies, unjust executions, disease, earthquake, and betrayal. Yet as I
read through all these terrible events I felt that it was
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