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    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 with the quote in that Candide,…

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    Candide Hero's Journey

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    Candide is a book about Candide who goes on a journey looking for this woman, Cunegonde. On Candide’s journey he learned key things about life. The protagonist's journey in Candide helps him find his own philosophy in life. The first stop in the book was the very beginning of the journey, Westphalia. He begins his journey in Westphalia.He lives in a castle and is being tutored by Pangloss. Pangloss’ philosophy of life is “in the best of possible worlds, the Baroness’ castle was the most…

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    Candide by Voltaire is satire criticizing optimistic views on the world events or the saying that, “this is the best of all possible worlds” and everything happens for the best. Voltaire saddened by two major world events: the Seven years’ war and Lisbon earthquake questioned the reason behind these events. These events killed thousands of people for no reason and still philosophers like Leibniz, continued to believe that this was the best of all possible worlds and behind all evil lied God’s…

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    As an ironic story that focuses on many problems dealing with philosophy and theology, Voltaire’s “Candide” stands to clarify and possibly teach a lesson to the people that would hold too much faith in these philosophies. Many catastrophic events happen to the lead character, Candide, as well as just about every other character in the story, in order to focus on the problems that lie in detaching yourself from responsibility of their own actions leaving it to God, to fate, or to nature when the…

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    Candide as a word means honest, but can also mean white or pure. The name itself gives quite a lot of insight 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 described 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…

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    Even though, the Broadway play complements Voltaire’s novel, Candide, there are noticeable changes made. These changes are made in order to captivate the audience. Considering the change in the time period when Voltaire originally wrote Candide, the changes needed to be made in order to contain more modern aspects that the audience would be drawn to. These changes will be discussed throughout the deliberation of the play, but the most important noticed change would be the doubling of the…

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    Candide: Enlightenment Voltaire's Candide is one of the great books of European literature. Candide is remarkable because it is a comedy derived from tragedy. What is also remarkable is Candide has many themes to it that were controversial for its time. It touched on the topics of deism, toleration, humanitarianism, optimism, and even freedom. The story of Candide is a story of blind optimism in a pessimistic world. Candide is naïve. For a time, he reacts to such events as torture, war, and…

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    Candide Optimism Analysis

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    Voltaire, author of the short novel, Candide, employs exaggeration in order to satirize the optimistic thinking of pre-enlightenment philosophers. Voltaire’s cynic point of view is clear throughout the novel as unending horrors befall the main character, Candide. Pangloss, Candide’s mentor and teacher while he lived with his uncle in Westphalia, is the source of the novel’s main idea of optimism. On the other hand, Martin, his traveling partner later in the novel, represents everything that…

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    kids. Similarly, Candide, who lived in a castle and who had been educated under optimist philosopher Pangloss, believed that everything in this world was for the best. However, as time passed, Candide started to face the harsh times of life and gains insight after all the journeys he had been through. There are many different ways to learn about life. Every time we go through some things, we learn another different thing. The most important…

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    However at one pivotal point in the story, Pangloss’s philosophies do much more harm than that. James, the Anabaptist had helped to cure Pangloss’s disease. At one point, the three of them, Pangloss, Candide, and the Anabaptist found themselves on a ship. The Anabaptist fell overboard. As Candide went to jump in to save him, Pangloss stopped him saying that “The Bay of Lisbon had been made on purpose for the Anabaptist to be drowned”. He proves this at length, all the while the ship was sinking…

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