Comparing Candide And Frederick Douglass's Autobiographical Narrative

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Both Voltaire’s satiric novel Candide and Frederick Douglass’s autobiographical Narrative chronicle the lives and struggles of two young men. Each young man experiences injustices in the course of his development. Candide faces his struggles by seeking material gain. Douglass faces his by discovering and applying his inner strength to find reliable sources to aid him in his journey. The result of Candide’s journey through life is unsatisfactory and unfulfilling while Douglass achieves self-actualization and continues to help others by fighting to right injustices. In his quest to become a free man Douglass is self-reliant, resourceful and focused while Candide in his quest to marry his love Cunegonde is naïve, greedy, and selfish. The…show more content…
Candide technically has a “slave” or “servant” that helps save Candide’s life. Another being the genre the Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass is nonfiction while Voltaire’s Candide is a work of fiction. The other being the style in which Douglass believes he is hopeless, while Candide is optimistic. In Chapter eighteen Candide and his servant Cacambo find Eldorado by luck after their canoe crashes against some rocks they walk until they find this wealthy community where children are playing with emeralds, rubies, and diamonds like they are toys leaving them places haphazardly, inns are also operated for free by the government there; Candide and Cacambo are able to eat a feast for a king. After a while Candide realizes he can’t stay here any longer, because Cunegonde isn’t there with him. Before he leaves he brings along with him “two great sheep, saddled to serve as steeds, thirty with presents containing those of rarities of Eldorado; fifty with gold, jewels, and diamonds.” (Voltaire,

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