Candide by Voltaire

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Voltaire’s novel, Candide, encompasses a lot of things. This includes mockery of the beliefs of an opposing philosopher of the Enlightenment period . But perhaps the most powerful of his satires in his novel is on religion. Voltaire believes in God, but rather a forceful disapproval of religion. He believes that all people should serve God in their own way instead of being told how to believe God through religious officials. The first example of Voltaire mocking religion is after Candide leaves the castle of Baron Von Thunder Ten Tronckh of Westphalia. Devastated by the loss of his relationship with the baron’s daughter, Cunegonde, and by the fact that he will never have a name “Thunder Ten Tronckh”. He arrives at a city that is full of Calvinists, he asks around for help and sees an orator preaching Calvinism, and asks him for food. Instead of caring for him, he questions Candide’s beliefs first. Because Candide did not believe that the pope was the antichrist, he rejected Candide and did not give him food. The orator’s wife agreed with her husband, as she proceeded to throw a pot of feces on Candide’s head. The action is a mock of baptism for Candide, because it involves a liquid being put on his head. James the Anabaptist takes Candide under his wing after Candide leaves the man and the woman and aids him for a while. James the Anabaptist expresses his belief that people should have the choice of whether or not they want to engage in religious practices once they are

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