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Kirkland 1 Ronye’ Kirkland Professor Gilchrist World Lit 202 29 th March 2020 Growth Through Life Experience The Enlightenment period of the 18 th century was one that took the unprecedented step of questioning societal norms and thinking for yourself. This time period was dominated by four ideas rationalism, empiricism, progressivism, and cosmopolitanism (Khanacademy) . This entire period was about growth whether it was spiritual, mental, or physical. Candide published in 1759 is a satirical novel that mocks the way of life for many religions and philosophers. Throughout this story, the main character Candide encounters a range of characters who each have their own philosophical ideals of life. At the beginning of this story Candide does not think for himself but as he encounters various obstacles on his path to Utopia it is clear that his mindset begins to change. One character that Candide encounters is Pangloss who Candide adopts as his mentor. Pangloss can be described as person of blind optimism. He attributes everything in life to some sort of higher power. Anything that happened was because God planned it already. In chapter IV of Candide, Pangloss stated "it was a thing unavoidable, a necessary ingredient in the best of worlds; for if Columbus had not in an island of America caught this disease, which contaminates the source of life, frequently even hinders generation, and which is evidently opposed to the great end of nature, we should have neither chocolate nor cochineal.” He said this to Candide in order to justify his infection with syphilis. Even while he fell gravely ill, he trusted in the fact
Kirkland 2 that God made a plan for him. This example was necessary for Voltaire to depict how blind faith can lead you to a very unnecessary path. Voltaire mocked both religion and optimism within this one example. What classifies someone as an introvert? An introvert is a person who separates themselves from strangers and unknown people. They spend most of their time in a comfort zone and within things that makes them feel safe. Raymond Carver is the author of “Cathedral”. He published “Cathedral” in 1983. This story displays an introverted narrator who is very reluctant to open up to the strange blind man in his home. The story unfolds in a way that reveals how being an introvert can hinder someone. In the short story “Cathedral”, Raymond Carver uses the first person narrative to reveal a story in which a man is present,but somehow a passenger in his ow body due to his refusal to step out of his comfort zone

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