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Guevara 1Ashley Guevara Professor HarelHS 117December 20, 2012In the book “Candide” by Voltaire we see the main character Candide being influenced by a philosopher by the name of Pangloss. Pangloss’ philosophy has to do with this being “the best of all possible worlds” so our Candide goes throughout the story trying to view everything in a optimistic way as does Pangloss in an absurd manor (Voltaire, . I believe that the book Candide was a satire of mainstream society back in the days of the enlightenment when people believed just about any philosophy and how philosophers like Pangloss would do anything to maintain their philosophy relevant. The book candied reminded me of “The praise of folly” by Erasmus in a way because Voltaire uses irony and satire just like Erasmus did to mock very important members in society. Pangloss is an example of the stubbornness that was seen by philosophers during the enlightenment. In the book “Candide” we see many examples of how he can try and make every bad situation into something of optimism in order to justify his philosophy. For example at the end of Candide, Candide asks Pangloss’ why even after everything that happened to him why he