AP English Literature and Composition
Summer Reading Assignment
Candide by Voltaire – “Inspiration? Head Down the Back Road, and Stop for the Yard Sales” by Annie Proulx Trishna Kumar
Socrates once said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Annie Proulx portrayed an analogous opinion in her article “Inspiration? Head Down the Back Road, and Stop for the Yard Sales” where she explained her inclination to indulge in knowledge in the most authentic way in order to learn more for her own gratification. Contrarily, the main character in Voltaire’s Candide goes through life also enlightening himself on the world, but not for his own pleasure. Instead, Candide’s search for erudition is a mission...