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    conditions by applying rational thoughts to natural happenings. Voltaire depicted the ideas of the Enlightenment but was satirized into his novella, Candide. Through his novella Candide, Voltaire added his personal thoughts by criticizing the nobility, philosophies, the church, and the cruelty. Voltaire attacks the idea of optimism. Candide is a story about a young man’s adventures throughout the world, where he witnesses evil and disasters. Throughout…

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    cannot possibly be an effect without a cause and that in this best of all possible worlds the Baron’s castle was the best of all castles and his wife the best of all possible Baronesses. It is clear, said he, that things cannot be otherwise than they are, for since everything is made to serve an end, everything necessarily serves the best end. Observe: noses were made to support spectacle, hence we have spectacles. Legs, as anyone can plainly see, were made to be breeched,…

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    optimism; there are many instances that indicate this in the text, especially surrounding the Eldorado episode. Optimism is the idea that God created the “best of all possible worlds” (Leibniz 228), and that the presence of evil is not something that God cooperates in but is something that God merely permits and directs at good (183). He makes the assumption that “we have no need of revealed faith to know that there is such a sole principle of things…

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    Pangloss’s philosophy about life stated that, “things cannot be otherwise: for, since everything was made for a purpose, everything is necessarily for the best purpose” (Voltaire, pg. 18). Pangloss, too becomes familiar with the outside world, but maintains an optimism towards life that blinds him of reality. Pangloss was nearly hanged, imprisoned, beaten, and close to being dissected, but even after all of those events Pangloss still believed that everything was for the best in this world.…

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    As people, we all have responsibilities that need taking care of. People have to get jobs to have some sort of income to support their wellbeing. Voltaire is really big about doing things for oneself. He feels that depending on others is a burden. He shows this concept all throughout his story with his character Candide. It did not matter what Candide was faced with because he always finds a way to survive. Not only did he find a way to survive, he accepted everything that happened to him.…

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    Freedom of Man, and the Origin of Evil, Leibniz discusses the idea that we live in the “best of all possible worlds”. Because God would have chosen to create the best of all possible universes. In his Discourse on Metaphysics, Leibniz explains that God “acts in the most perfect manner”. In Leibniz’s La Monadologie, He states that the number of possible universes in God’s imagination is infinite. Since only one of them can exist, there must be a good reason…

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    Utopian Place Equals Dystopian World In Candide, written by Voltaire, is a story where the words "All is for the best," are often repeated by the protagonist, Candide. Among his misadventures that proves that quote wrong, he comes across a city called El Dorado. This city is seemingly a utopia lacking conflict, but all is not as it seems in the utopia. J. Robert Oppenheimer once said “The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true.” This book agrees…

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    being trickier than she envisioned, and the shop soon transforms into a poorhouse that pulls in vagrants, wrongdoing and police supervision. The play epitomizes the substances of the lives of poor people, attempting to remain above water in the midst of the streams of industrialisation and free enterprise. Goodness, which is by all accounts the overwhelming worry of the play really takes a moment put, with the point of the play being to watch and less to admonish. As Brecht states, discussing…

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    Happiness In Candide

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    The Pursuit of Happiness in Candide Voltaire’s satire Candide criticizes several institutions, religious beliefs, and social customs of European society during the 18th Century. Although the work attacks many popular ideas, Voltaire explores some of the fundamental questions of humans, asking how we may find satisfaction or happiness in a seemingly dark and corrupt world. He suggests that the key to such contentment is found by minding one's own business and making a true home for himself. In…

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    Candide as a word means honest and . The name itself gives quite a lot of incite as to the personality of Candide. In the early passages, Candide is depicted as very naïve and unable to think for himself, but compassionate and loyal. Candide’s naivety is very well depicted in the first chapters. He is instructed by Pangloss, who he innocently believes to be “the greatest philosopher of….. the whole world.” He accepts Pangloss’s optimistic teachings as truth beyond question. After he is taken…

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