Essay I:?Choose one of the following topics on which to write our first Essay.?Make sure to follow the guidelines of the MLA in both Heading and Format (there is a template on Blackboard ? use it).?Make sure to use the Title: Subtitle format (refer to earlier lectures ? rubric).?The essay should be double spaced, type in Times New Roman 12 pt font, and no less than 3 complete pages minimum (5 page max).?The essay should be typed in a Word Document and sent as an attachment to my email no later than Tuesday, July 22, 2015, at 11:59 pm.oPlease put in the subject bar of the email ? Lit II Essay 1 ? this way to ensure that the email is received. Upon my reception of the essay, I will reply letting each student know that the essay has been received.Topics:1.Discuss (check midcourse.net for the help you need) the significance of Jacques? character. How does he fit in with Voltaire?s general view of human nature? What is the significance of his death?2.Martin claims that ?man was born to spend his life alternately a prey to the throes of anxiety and lethargy of boredom? (177). Do the events of the novel support this statement? Is one of the two options worse than the other? If what Martin says is true, then what does it imply about the values of social change and political activism?3.How do the experiences of the women in Candide differ from those of the men? How do their reactions to those experiences differ from those of men?4.What does Voltaire think about European colonization of the Americas? Discuss (check midcourse.net for the help you need) the significance of the character Cacambo and Candide?s encounter with the slave.5.Candide is subtitled, ?or Optimism.? Is this text truly optimistic? Discuss (check midcourse.net for the help you need) how Pangloss?s teachings and Candide?s adventures adhere to this sense of optimism. Lastly, does Candide?s retreat to his garden at the end of the novel affirm or negate the idea of optimism?
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