Candid language

The power of language helps take readers to a place they could only imagine in their wildest dreams.  It allows them to envision grand earthquakes and utopias.  It lets them see the world on a deeper level than just the sometimes uniform world around them.  Language lets writers tell a story, regardless of how farfetched or enchanted it might be if it were actually true.  It helps them to convey certain messages through symbols and analogies.  It encourages them to point out the fallacies and contradictions in common belief.  Most of all, it brings together the two groups to create an interesting, unusual interaction.  Without language, the world would truly be in the dark.  Without this communication, people would have no way to dissent, no way to have their opinion known, no way to tell stories. With language, people have power.  But what is this power if there is no style along with it?  Anyone can throw words together to make a sentence, to let their voice be heard.  But without some sense of a particular peculiarity and character, this diction will never be more than just words.  To truly make a point clear, a writer must develop his story by challenging the reader with language and ideas that sometimes contradict each other but work in a way that they serve a deeper purpose.  Voltaire thoroughly wields this power in Candide by using literary devices and stylized language to clearly demonstrate his critiques on optimism, war, and blissful ignorance.

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