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...looks at these stories without identifying oneself with anyone, it becomes obvious that there is little difference between the savage and the civilized. If murder is a savage crime, then Odysseus was just as much a savage as Polyphemus, but what makes Odysseus worse, is that his actions affected more people than the cannibalism of Polyphemus, yet he is still regarded as a hero for his behavior. In turn, Candide is no more civilized than the Lobeiros tribe, as he had committed murder before but he justifies his action, just as the actions of murder, rape and maiming are justified if they are committed by the inside group, the so-called civilized world. Therefore the real savageness of people, exemplified by Odysseus and Candide, manifests in ignorance and rigidity, yet there is a certain kind of comedy in that really nothing has changed since the beginning of time.
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