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perfect home (43). Other traits can help a person find a higher quality of life: persistence, hard work, connections, charisma, and experience. I label hard work as the most important, and Tartuffe is a primary example. Dorine, Mariane’s maid, is a pivotal character in the comedy. Her duty consists mostly in trying to expose Tartuffe’s deception of Orgon (Moliere 108-140). The success that follows is the return of peace and normalcy to Orgon’s household (155) after Tartuffe is exposed (154). The problem with creating a paradise is the lurking enemy. Paradise always has someone or something trying to bring it down, and sometimes the enemy comes from within. The following is a group of possible variables that threaten paradise: laziness, over-confidence, new trials, and fear of the unknown. In Candide, the paradise of the characters’ reunion was coming apart due to laziness. The gang had all the means necessary to survive, but boredom crept into their lives because they were missing the key to contentment (Voltaire 244-245). Fortunately, Candide found the key. He and his companions had to work hard with the land and resources at their disposal to discover new meaning in their lives (246). The test of time brings ups and downs to all inhabitants of the world. An individual can shape a paradise, but he or she will eventually have to face its inevitable demise. No matter how rooted people are in their paradise, its collapse can be devastating. It is difficult to suffer through the trials of our lives, but suffering builds character and teaches us to have a greater appreciation for the times when all of our needs are provided for. —Levi Brown

Works Cited Cantares Mexicanos. Trans. John Bierhorst. Simon et al 1550-1581. Ch’eng-en, Wu. Monkey. Trans. Arthur Waley. Simon et al 1592. Moliere, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin. Tartuffe. Trans. Richard Wilbur. Simon et al 1664. Simon, Peter, et al., eds. The Norton Anthology of World Literature. Shorter 2nd ed. Vol. 2. New York: Norton, 2009. Print. Voltaire, Francois-Marie Arouet de. Candide. Trans. Robert M. Adams. Simon et al 1759.

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Plainsong 2013  

Art and literary journal of University of Jamestown, Jamestown, N.D.

Plainsong 2013  

Art and literary journal of University of Jamestown, Jamestown, N.D.