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Session Transcript - English - Literature, 11/20/2012 8:46AM - Tutor.comSession Date: 11/20/2012 8:46AM
Length: 30.8 minute(s)
Subject: English - Literature


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Kate (Customer)
[00:00:01] Need help answering a synthesis question on Candide.

Brenda P (Tutor)
[00:00:09] Hi, welcome to Tutor.com !
[00:00:12] How are you today?

Kate (Customer)
[00:00:31] great hello

Brenda P (Tutor)
[00:00:53] Hi, I'd like to help, but I just realized this is a specific piece of literature that I've never read.
[00:00:59] Would you like for me to transfer you?

Kate (Customer)
[00:01:07] sure

Brenda P (Tutor)
[00:01:16] Ok, sorry about that! Just a moment please

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Kate (Customer)
[00:14:44] hi

Melissa R (Tutor)
[00:14:52] Hi! How can I help you this morning?

Kate (Customer)
[00:15:16] here's the question:
[00:15:18] If, as Candide concludes, everything is well "only in Eldorado," why do you suppose he does not try to return there? In other words, what ironic point is Voltaire making by having his hero end up with an ugly wife on a'little farm where he does nothing more earth-shattering than cultivate a garden?

Melissa R (Tutor)
[00:15:55] OK, got it. Let me put that on the board.
[00:16:03] Are you completely stuck or do you have some ideas?

Kate (Customer)
[00:17:33] umm
[00:17:40] i have some ideas i guess
[00:17:49] i just don't know if it's right

Melissa R (Tutor)
[00:17:52] OK, go ahead with those and we'll go from there. That's okay!
[00:17:59] That's why I'm here - to help!

Kate (Customer)
[00:17:59] and I need help writing it out

Melissa R (Tutor)
[00:18:12] OK, we can work on forming an answer as well, at least get you started in the right direction.

Kate (Customer)
[00:18:45] Voltaire believes in hard work
[00:18:54] not in wealth

Melissa R (Tutor)
[00:19:38] Yes, that's right....
[00:19:54] And choosing to stay and cultivate a garden follows that, yes?
[00:21:27] But Voltaire is a philosopher of what movement or period?
[00:22:22] Still with me?
[00:23:53] I'll only be able to wait for a few more minutes. If I don't hear from you soon, I'll need to end this session so I can help other students. You can sign back in when you are ready to continue working.

Kate (Customer)
[00:23:59] im
[00:24:00] her
[00:24:02] e

Melissa R (Tutor)
[00:24:11] OK, did you see those couple of questions I asked up there?

Kate (Customer)
[00:24:15] yes
[00:24:31] i'm not sure about what era he's from

Melissa R (Tutor)
[00:25:06] Well, he's a philosopher of the Enlightenment, have you discussed that in class?
[00:26:37] Just in thinking about this question on a basic level - if he believes in hard work and not in wealth....what do you think Voltaire is saying about happiness in general? What do we need to be happy?
[00:26:57] And what does it say about Candide that he married the wife he did? Did he make a promise and then follow through? What does that show about him?
[00:28:40] I'm working on this...

Kate (Customer)
[00:29:47] I'm following...

Melissa R (Tutor)
[00:29:48] Maybe you can think about those questions for a bit and work on a response. Thinking about those questions I asked I think will lead you to what the conclusion might be here.

Kate (Customer)
[00:30:12] I'm following...

Melissa R (Tutor)
[00:30:14] OK, so what do you think about those questions I was asking?
[00:30:44] I can't form the answer for you, but we can work together. Do you need to think on this some and then return for help if you get stuck on forming the answer?

Kate (Customer)
[00:30:46] he believes we don't ned wealth to be happy, we just need other people
[00:30:58] *need

Melissa R (Tutor)
[00:31:16] I believe that's right and what he's trying to say here. Money doesn't bring happiness, but working hard with others might?
[00:31:42] And why did he marry the wife he did? Was there a promise made?

Kate (Customer)
[00:31:59] and Candide is loyal and stays with her even though she became ugly

Melissa R (Tutor)
[00:32:30] Right, that shows loyalty and integrity that he stuck with her and married her to follow through with a promise.
[00:33:16] So, at the end what do you think the characters feel as far as optimism?
[00:34:31] Do you think he didn't return to El Dorado because of his viewpoint at the end?

Kate (Customer)
[00:34:37] I'm following...

Melissa R (Tutor)
[00:34:41] Is his viewpoint optimistic or pessimistic?

Kate (Customer)
[00:35:00] neither
[00:35:05] i'm not sure
[00:35:17] because he was optimistic but then gave up on it
[00:35:49] you're talking about how he married her right?

Melissa R (Tutor)
[00:35:57] Well, no I meant in general at the end.
[00:36:46] I think his outlook in general might have changed - he was optimistic in some cases in the beginning, right? And then by the end - he rejects Pangloss' philosophies and chooses a life of hard work, right?

Kate (Customer)
[00:37:13] I'm following...
[00:37:25] yes
[00:37:40] he is not optimistic at the end anymore

Melissa R (Tutor)
[00:37:41] In other words, he and the other characters lose some optimism throughout the work and then at the end Candide rejects philosophy and chooses a simple life.

Kate (Customer)
[00:37:55] yes

Melissa R (Tutor)
[00:38:11] Right, so he goes from being or believing optimistic things and then rejects most optimism and other philosophies for a simple life.

Kate (Customer)
[00:38:22] right

Melissa R (Tutor)
[00:39:24] Ok, so that idea helps with the first question you have there. About why he doesn't return to El Dorado....he says everything is well only in El Dorado but he doesn't return there because he chooses simplicity - maybe because he knows there is some happiness in that life?
[00:39:26] What do you think?

Kate (Customer)
[00:39:57] i'm not sure
[00:40:12] yes, i think he chooses simplicity
[00:40:22] now, because he's gone through so much

Melissa R (Tutor)
[00:41:21] Right. It's as if he doesn't even have the stamina to go with Pangloss' philosophies and just wants to go honor his commitment and cultivate his garden, live a simple life.
[00:41:41] OK, so in discussing all of this, has it helped you to understand this question and form an answer.
[00:41:42] ?

Kate (Customer)
[00:43:00] I got it! Thanks!

Melissa R (Tutor)
[00:43:13] Everything makes sense now?

Kate (Customer)
[00:43:20] yes, thank you
[00:43:25] i've already written it

Melissa R (Tutor)
[00:43:31] OK, you're welcome! Glad I could help! Great job!!

Kate (Customer)
[00:43:47] thanks for the clarification
[00:43:48] byebye

Melissa R (Tutor)
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Kate (Customer)
[00:43:56] oki doki
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