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Candide Exercise 2: Panglossian Optimism:

Candide Exercise 2: Panglossian Optimism: “Everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds.” Instructions: Respond as thoroughly as you can to the following statements and questions. Post your responses in the designated section under “Discussions.” Provide evidence from both the text (Candide) and your knowledge of the world you live in to support your responses. Next, comment intelligently and thoughtfully upon the responses of at least two of your classmates. 1. Explain how the statement: “Everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds.” is different from the statement: “Everything is for the best.” 2. Can either of these statements possibly be true? If yes, explain how they can be true. If not, explain why not. 3. If this, however horrible, is the best of all possible worlds, then are not worldly conditions, as they are, the best that they can possibly be? 4. What are the conditions of Candide’s world? To what extent does Candide’s world resemble ours? 5. Is life in our world ever as “horrible” as it appears to be in Candide’s world? 6. What factors cause the conditions of Candide’s world? 7. To what extent can mankind in general or individuals in particular affect or influence the conditions of life in either Candide’s world or our own? 8. To what extent are the following characters responsible for their actions and experiences? In other words, do they or can they do anything to change the course of their lives? Cacambo Candide Cunégonde Cunégonde=s brother The Grand Inquisitor Jacques the Anabaptist Martin The old woman Pangloss Paquette 9. What role does perception and/or perspective play in the experience and/or interpretation of reality? 8. How do the characters in Candide’s world respond to the “reality” of their experience? 10. Is suffering actually suffering if its effects are, if not ignored, blindly or blandly accepted by the sufferers, not to mention by the perpetrators of that suffering? 10. In what way(s) does Candide’s attitude toward or approach to the world change during the course of the narrative? 11. What does Candide mean when he decides that “we must cultivate our garden”? 12. Does the decision that “we must cultivate our garden” signal a departure from “this is the best of all possible worlds,” or is it simply another way of saying the same thing? Explain your answer.
Candide Exercise 2: Panglossian Optimism: “Everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds.” Instructions: Respond as thoroughly as you can to the following statements and questions. Post your responses in the designated section under “Discussions.” Provide evidence from both the text (Candide) and your knowledge of the world you live in to support your responses.
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