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Travis Lo on Chapter 10:

While Cunegonde’s character is by no means a philosopher, she is able to realize the difference between good and bad in the world. Being able to trust an optimist such as Candide can be hard when bad experiences come from it. “God grant it,” said Cunegonde; “but I have been so horribly unhappy there that my heart is almost closed to hope.” Candide’s constant optimism is put on trial because it is not based on any substantial reason (The Sea being calmer). This kind of optimism shows a more naive sense of optimism rather than a sophisticated approach of when something will work. The idea that random chance and unforeseen luck will happen at every turn in life is improbable. Had Candide refined his theory of optimism he could found more opportunity to be truly hopeful when a situation arose that had potential to be optimistic.

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