RONAN GABRIEL JAMESOLANIM- Candide Character Analysis -...

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Ronan Gabriel Jamesolanim Mr. Morrison AP Literature and Composition 16 September 2018 I. Candide A. First Impressions 1. a) Candide, for the most part, is a likable character especially for teenagers who are starting to transition from being a kid to an adult since his naivety, innocence, and Platonic ideals that he believes in is like how children can only see black and white; good or bad, making him a good representation of the memories teens had during their childhood. b) Candide’s call for adventure when he got kicked out of the baron’s castle and discovered how cruel reality serves a good symbolism for how teens learn how to become an adult, throwing their innocence away, adjusting and seeing the gray parts they were not used to identify back in the day. c) The only big flaw Candide has is that he does not stay firm in his beliefs. If the world presents him benefits, he will say that Pangloss was right, but when he is faced with obstacles he will revert and question if God really imposed this to him so that the
world can be better. 2. Candide is like a double edged sword, but he is a good friend nonetheless since his loyalty toward people is very strong as shown where he still kept his promise he made with Cunegonde even though she betrayed him. The only downside about him is that his jealousy causes him blind rage, impairing his rationality. 3. Candide is like a tabula rasa, blank slate, who did not get to experience the harshness of this world, and was protected by the walls of his well built home. Although he faced all this suffering, he still trusts people and does not doubt them the least due to his innocent mind who is as similar as a child. 4. Candide does not know how to take responsibility for his actions, especially when he killed both the inquisitor and the Jesuit, where he tried to rationalize his irrational action blinded by jealousy in the name of the “best of both possible worlds.” B. Facts 1. Candide has handsome features, 5ft 5in tall, whose physical qualities represents his mental qualities. He is very simple minded, innocent, young looking individual who later on joined the Bulgarian Army for his height. 2. Candide’s strongest personality trait is his innocence. It kind of explores one of the most fundamental debates in psychology which is if it is nature or nurture that shapes an individual. 3.
a) “... goods of this world are common to all men, and that everyone has an equal right to the enjoyment of them…” (Voltaire 40) b) ‘“When a man is in love, jealous, and just whipped by the Inquisition, he is no longer himself”’ (Voltaire 38) . 4. Candide, like a kid, can only see good or evil; very Platonistic. If he a person treats him well like James the Anabaptist, he pays them great respect, loyalty, and the willfulness of dying as a martyr to repay his debts of gratitude, however, if he sees inequality and abuse, he is ready to kill and give those people the taste of their own medicine just like what he did to the Inquisitor and the Jesuit.

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