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    throughout Candide in order to emphasize his criticism of optimism. First his philosophy goes completely against what happens to him and the people around him in the real world. This shows the difference between action and theory, while Pangloss may believe in the best of all possible worlds, the actions that occur in the world say otherwise. Pangloss is infected with syphilis, is almost executed, and imprisoned; yet he stays optimistic through the end of the novel…

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    When all hope becomes shrouded in hopelessness and despair, can anyone remain optimistic? In the story of Candide by Voltaire, the idea of optimism and philosophy is heavy satire. In his writing, Voltaire puts Candide in situations that are heavily fantasized with exaggerated coincidence. Voltaire played with this idea to keep readers interested in Candide’s adventure and always have a reason not to create new scenarios and characters as the story progress. Candide’s adventure would also serve…

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    from the latter portion of the 1700’s. In 1759, Voltaire’s Candide was published. This story is very much so still alive today. In this story, Candide is one of the main characters. He is somewhat a bit inexperienced and a trusting man, despite all the struggles that life throws at him. At the beginning of this story, Candide is kicked out of his home for kissing Cunegonde, who is supposedly his true love. Despite every crazy trial that Candide encounters in his life, he remains an optimistic…

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    Voltaire is one of the immortal names defined in the 18th century . His real name is François-Marie Arouet , born in November 21 , 1694 , in Paris . Voltaire was famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state. As a satirical writer, he frequently made use of his works to criticize intolerance and the French institutions of his day. Moreover , The intellectual movement known as…

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    character development highlights the role of women at the time, their submissive nature and their usefulness to men. Regardless of this lack, Voltaire represented women’s resilience and survivors of sexual exploitations. He depicted women surprisingly in Candide, raping of Cunegonde by the Bulgar is described as “until she could be raped no more” (Voltaire and Cuffe) followed by her “disembowel[ment]” (Voltaire and Cuffe) where the reader assumes her death but she appears to a surprise in the…

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    encounter characters that are oblivious to reality and only see what they want to see. In Voltaire’s “Candide,” Dr. Pangloss is one of those characters. Throughout Voltaire’s short novel, Dr. Pangloss’ philosophy of optimism makes him appear blind to the suffering he goes through. Voltaire intentionally uses the characterization of Dr. Pangloss to poke fun at Leibniz’s philosophy. Similarly, to “Candide,” Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” also include characters who pride themselves in their…

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    All six of the kings were once in power, but in the end, Candide gives the most amount of charity (pg. 76) and the kings remain obscure beggars. 11. What does "We must cultivate our garden," Candide's epiphany, mean in the context of Voltaire's satire? In the context of 21st century life? Voltaire satirizes both Pangloss’s beliefs and Martin’s beliefs to show the absurdity of their philosophies. At the end of the book, Voltaire has Candide form his own philosophy stating that you need to work…

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    Voltaire’s Candide is one of the most famous works of the Enlightenment. Voltaire questions a huge variety of ideas and social establishments through his satire, including the philosophy of Optimism promoted by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. It is generally accepted that Candide disputes Leibniz ' 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…

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    Candide: Class and Wealth In his novel Candide, Voltaire uses satire to show the folly of wealth and class status. One of the major themes of the novel is how those with wealth and higher social class corrupt and gain power over others. The classes, the poor and the wealthy, are often in conflict with each other, and wealth is often fleeting—gone as fast as it was obtained. Candide, the naïve protagonist of the story, encounters many examples of injustice throughout his journey of love and…

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    But those attitudes toward home are not always found in everyone; one may be innately be adverted from it, like the case of many adventure-takers such as Robinson Crusoe. And there are the ones who find the home as a utopia, such as in the case of Candide. Even though two men start with two different views on the meaning of home, one being dull and another being comfortable, through their journey, two men make…

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