Character Development In The Odyssey, Inferno, And Voltaire

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In literature, a common process for the protagonist to go through is to go on a journey in order for them to develop as a character and to further the story as a whole. This idea of a character’s journey is notably seen in Homer’s The Odyssey, Dante’s Inferno, and Voltaire’s Candide. All three of these texts depict not only the protagonist going through a journey, but they also depict in very different ways these characters use their abilities to overcome obstacles in their path and learn from their mistakes to show their individual character development. In The Odyssey, Inferno, and Candide, Odysseus, Dante and Candide show three different ways how ????????
In The Odyssey, Odysseus’ journey is created by a cycle of self-created obstacles that are solved by quick witted thinking and ultimately reflect no real desire to learn from his errors or create any character development. Throughout the story, Odysseus expresses a strong desire to return home to Ithaca, however he is constantly thwarted by his own curious and boastful nature. For example, when …show more content…

It is only when Candide encounters a slave whose account of what has happened to him is so horrible that Candide begins to falter on Pangloss’ philosophy, saying “This is one abomination you could not have anticipated, and I fear it has finally done for me: I am giving up on your Optimism after all” (52). This quote signifies a vital turning point in Candide’s journey, for if he was still fully under the influence of Pangloss’ teachings, Candide could have easily rationalized that if it weren’t for the slave’s suffering, Europe and the rest of the world would not be able to have sugar. Instead, Candide is able to finally see the slave’s suffering for what it is, and he is heartbroken and frustrated by it rather than passive and philosophical as he had been

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