This guy is a very interesting one. Being a very cynical character, he becomes Candide’s friend as a travel companion. Martin suffered from different things in his life. He is also shown as a philosopher. Also, predictably, he can’t be the same optimist as Candide and Pangloss. He is shown in the text more like a pessimistic person. He is more knowledgeable and intelligent than either Candide or Pangloss. Also, he is not a good philosopher exactly because of his pessimism – he expects nothing but bad. He sees the world in bad colors and can’t understand what the real world is.
Martin in the Essays