Title: Love in Candide and The Thirteenth Night
Voltaire’s Candide and Ichiyō Higuchi’s The Thirteenth Night are two stories which share unique perspectives of love that differ through infusions of themes like honor, tradition, journey, satire and feminism. Both stories feature a central character conflicted by aspects of loss and love, whether they be a lost love who needs to be recovered and/or, more simply, the loss of love. The compelling aspects of their comparison exist in the transformation each character undergoes throughout the course of their story. Their experiences shows opinions or insight to many of the societal issues of their respective time periods.