Voltaire Class Discussion Custom Essay

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Required Textbook:
The Norton Anthology of World Literature, Second Edition, Volumes D: 1650-1800 (ISBN 0-393-97758-7); E: 1800-1900 (ISBN 0-393-97759-5); and F: The Twentieth Century (ISBN 0-393-97760-9).

1.Go to the Discussion Board Forum titled Voltaire Discussion 1 and respond to all the following topics (A. through D.) in your paragraph Write at least one detailed paragraph of 10 or more sentences. Use standard edited English.
*Hint: Type your own ideas and responses to classmates in your word processing program, run grammar and spell check, and then cut and paste your writing into the Discussion Board thread.
Support your response with at least one quoted passage from the story, explaining how this particular passage provides evidence for your point of view.
A. Discuss the funniest (or most outrageous) satiric episode Voltaire creates in Chapters 1-20 of Candide.
B. Explain what satire is and why this episode is the most memorable one for you.
C. What evil or human weakness does Voltaire force us to confront with this episode?
D. Does humor prevent Voltaire from making a serious criticism with this episode? Why or why not?


1. Write at least one detailed paragraph of 10-15 sentences. Use standard edited English. Support your analysis with specific references to passages in Candide and page numbers. Be sure to signal direct quotes with quotation marks.
2. Respond to the following questions in your paragraph:

A. Does Voltaire agree with Martin’s {the pessimistic philosopher’s} outlook on the world? Why or why not? How can we tell? For example, Martin claims that people are “bound to live either in convulsions of misery or in the lethargy of boredom.” If Martin is right, what is the value of attempting to improve society? If Voltaire agrees with Martin, what is the point of Voltaire’s writing, his literary work?
B. Do the events of the book, especially in the final chapters, support Martin’s claim? Is one of these options worse than the other in Candide’s {Voltaire’s} opinion? How can we tell?

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