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Candide

Candide

by Voltaire

Foil

Character Role Analysis

Martin to Pangloss

Martin, an absolute pessimist, embodies a philosophical standpoint opposite to that of Dr. Pangloss. Like Pangloss, Martin hold an extreme worldview and at times is unfounded in the world around him. Martin functions as a typical foil, highlighting both the strengths (in this case very limited) and weaknesses (in this case very extensive) of Pangloss.


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