Friday, January 18, 2008


Sorry for the delay but this assignment slipped my mind, so here it goes.

After reading the final chapters of Candide I originally felt let down as a bad ending, Candide was poor, his wife ugly and he couldn't go home to Westphalia. While this to was a horrible way to end an adventure that contained so many highs and lows, I did enjoy the final sentence by Pangloss which almost made his theory of living in the best of time almost believable. "All events are linked together in the best of possible worlds, for after all, if you had not been driven from a fine castle..., (Pangloss mentions most of the adventures), if you hadn't lost all your sheep from the good land of Eldorado, you wouldn't be sitting here eating candied citron and pistachios."Page 75

This notion strikes me as extremely perplexing, in that all life is but the product of all of our other past experiences. And if we happen to be living in a particularly happy portion of life, built upon suffering, who cannot say that all the previous suffering was not for the best, if in the present we find enjoyment in life.

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