Candide, And Years After Voltaire 's Death

1596 WordsOct 10, 20147 Pages
François-Marie Arouet known as Voltaire, born 1694 was a French Enlightenment writer and philosopher. Voltaire produced works in many forms including plays, poems, novels, and many other works. His most famous work is Candide, and years after Voltaire’s death (1778) Candide is still an amazing book to many readers. The story begins in Westphalia, where the protagonist, Candide, lives in the castle of Baron of Thunder-ten-Tronckh. Candide is the illegitimate nephew of the Baron, the town suspects he is the son of the Baron’s sister with a town man. He is being tutored by a philosopher named Pangloss. Pangloss teaches Candide how to be optimistic and the idea that “all is for the best in this best of all worlds.” So Candide is raised in this philosophy and blindly accepts all of Pangloss’ teachings, but when life experiences hit Candide he begins to question his way of thinking. Candide falls in love with the Baron’s teenage daughter, Cunegonde. One day they share an intimate kiss which the Baron witnesses and bands Candide from his home. He is now all alone and hungry and gets aided by soldiers but later he is forced to fight in the army. This is when Candide’s life begins to take turns. The main theme of the novel is the conditions humans face. Candide is struggling on how to go about life, he has been educated by Pangloss to be optimistic. It is all he knows, but if Candide had just accepted it without any struggle, the book would not be interesting. Instead, Candide doubts
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