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In Candide, do Voltaire's views most directly resemble Martin's, Pangloss', or Cacambo's?

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Questions such as this are very difficult to answer because they assume a direct correspondence between writers and the characters they depict.  Most often, one cannot easily say whether or not the author is most associated with a particular character.  All of this being said, one could argue that Voltaire's philosophical views tend to run along the lines of Martin's.

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revolution | Student

I think he compares his character to Pangloss, Martin and Cacombo all three of them.

elena92 | Student

I think that Voltaire shows his opinion through both Candide and Martin. He shows how optimism can be foolish, and he mocks Candide, but at the same time, I think Martin is more extreme than what Candide really thinks. I think that Voltaire is trying to show how there is an in between way of thinking, and it is still realistic yet not depressing.

alessiorusso | Student

i think is cocombo, but voltaire is not optimist so he wont see it as pangloss

a-b | Student

At one point Candide compares the optimism of Pangloss with his own more realistic outlook. Candide specifically says he cannot be optimistic like Pangloss. I am no sure who Voltaire compares his own character with though.