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Jacqueline Bennifield

Jacqueline Bennifield on Chapter 4:

I agree with Jacqueline. Voltaire emphasizes man’s need for violence. As a developed species we should be able to live in harmony and discuss things in a civilized manner but instead we go back to violent tendency like animals, competing for materialistic valuables. This gives the audience a chance to builds their own opinions and see the argument for both standpoints, James and Pangloss (a realist and an optimist).

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Jacqueline Bennifield on Chapter 1:

I find it ironic that the place that’s suppose to be the best castle in the best of all possible worlds is described with such sarcasm. the castle is equipped with the bare minimum yet it belongs to the Baron, “the most powerful lord in Westphalia.” this being what Candide is accustomed to not only foreshadows the chaos of his emotions when he experiences the outside worlds but also satirizes the ideals of injustice between higher society and the poor. The Baron believes him and his family to be too good for Candide when in reality they are way below the standards of royalty when compared to other countries and really he is no better than Candide himself.

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Jacqueline Bennifield on Chapter 8:

With this you see Candide’s ignorance and naiveté. After Cunegonde’s outbreak of the horrors that has taken place once Candide was exiled, Candide chooses a rather frivolous way of responding. most people would have apologized for what has happened or feel remorse but it seems as though Candide doesn’t grasp the severity of what has happened; it’s almost as if he feels that since she is alive, all is well. This contrast gives a powerful stance on the injustice of the role of the woman, which you see more of with the story of the old woman, for men cannot understand the situations a woman will find herself in especially in times of war.

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Jacqueline Bennifield on Chapter 12:

Through the old woman we see the bigger picture of inactivity. Voltaire is trying to express his theory one life which is that in life, although there will be struggles; the point is to move on and look forward. To dwell on the pass only creates angry and hatred and for those who cannot take it, the end of life which is nothing more than a waste. To kill one’s self is to relieve of all duties, morals, and principles and in essence to do nothing. With life one can learn from their mistakes and more forward; he solidifies this idea when the old woman says “I’ve wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but I still love life. The ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our most pernicious inclinations.” Everyone has their own story because everyone needs to experience tragedies in order to appreciate what they are given.

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