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Candide Assessment Essay

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In Candide, Pangloss’s philosophy states, "all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds,” meaning, everything that happens is for the best. Our protagonist, Candide, is lead by blind optimism through this philosophy. Throughout the novel, Voltaire bashes on how ridiculous Pangloss’s philosophy is by setting up incidents to counter the original philosophy by Leibniz. The situation where Candide reunites with Pangloss, we see that Pangloss has became very ragged. Candide asks what the “sufficient cause” of his sickness was and Pangloss responds by explaining: "it was a thing unavoidable, a necessary ingredient in the best of w...

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