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Candide Satire Analysis

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Wading into Satirical Waters Let me start out by confessing: I love satires. I was first introduced to satires in middle school, where my history teacher thought it wise to expose eighth-graders to the likes of George Orwell in Animal Farm. In my naivety, I proclaimed to have a vast comprehension of the text and everything it embodied. Little did I know, there was more to it than a cute story about animals overthrowing people. It was not until high school when I came across Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal when I truly began to understand and fall in love with satire. I am not sure whether it was the brilliancy of the work or the shocking proposal of eating babies that garnered my attention, but nevertheless, I waded into the satirical waters. Even now, after years of reading satirical works of art, I cannot admit to having fully grasped the complexity of satires. In reading Voltaire’s Candide, I was not aware that it was anything more than an unusual narrative until halfway through the text. I initially blamed my misunderstanding on the stress of the semester, but the truth prevails, Candide certainly demonstrates itself to be a dense satire. In Candide, Voltaire exposes many different societal inconsistences, specifically those regarding religion, war, and wealth. In various instances within the text, Voltaire uses satire to cast a negative light on religion. In one example, Candide runs out of provisions, but he does not worry since the country appears to be full of
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