Candide Questions and Answers
by Voltaire

Candide book cover
Start Your Free Trial

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

Expert Answers info

ecofan74 eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write189 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Arts

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.

Pangloss's philosophical optimism, particularly its...

(The entire section contains 197 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial


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.