The principal theme presented throughout majority of the novel is "Optimism" by the main character Candide and how that theme is incorporated into his winning outcomes of terrible situations. His good friend and philosopher Dr.Pangloss first introduces this Optimism that Candide believes. Yet this optimist foundation is being constantly challenged throughout the story. For the greater portion of the story and in most unfortunate situations, Candide has been counseled by his philosopher friend and teacher that everything in the world happens for the better. As Candide's critical thinking grows in the story, whenever something unfortunate happens, Pangloss would turn the situation around, bringing out the good in it. Candide learns that optimism is "The passion for maintaining that all is right when all goes wrong "... [continues]
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