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Which character from Voltaire's Candide would make a better friend: Martin or Pangloss?

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The answer to this question must ultimately be based on personal preference; however, the primary choice is between optimism and pessimism. Candide, by Voltaire, has two characters who are nearly complete opposites in their outlook toward life: Pangloss and Martin.

Doctor Pangloss is Candide's tutor, and he is the eternal optimist. In the face of every horrible (and I do mean horrible) thing that happens to him, Pangloss maintains that this is "the best...

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akusic | Student

I would rather have neither as a friend because Martin is too depressed and thinks very negativley whereas Pangloss believes everything is for the best and he didn't even want to help Candide when he was dying. But, If i had to chose, I would probably chose Martin because he's more experienced and I think he would help me if I were dying and he even sees through tricks and schemes. For example, he knew that the abbe was tricking Candide and that it really wasn't Cunegonde in the bed.  

atul | Student

    I would rather have Martin as friend than Pangloss. i would rather have a friend who realizes the intensity of a dangerous situation than have one who acts like  everything is fine and dandy when they are actaully not.