Write on one (1) of the following topics:
After reading Candide, write a paper comparing the optimistic philosophy of Pangloss with the pessimism of Martin. Explain how Voltaire uses this contrast to challenge the assumptions of the Age of Reason. Note how Voltaire attacks philosophical reasoning generally, along with the irrationality of organized religion.
Google â€œThe Swingâ€ and â€œNude on a Sofaâ€ by Rococo artists Fragonard and Boucher, and the neoclassical works â€œThe Oath of the Horatiiâ€ and â€œLa Grande Odalisqueâ€ by David and Ingres. Write a paper contrasting the amoral decadence and excess of the Rococo painters with the more serious and refined works of the Neoclassicists. Connect Rococo to the reign of Louis XVI and Neoclassicism to the rise of the philosophes and revolutionaries in France.
- Your response should be at least 750 words in length
- Use MLA format for any quotations or citations that you use to support your answer