Character Analysis of Candide in Voltaire's 'Candide'

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Candide According to the author, naming the main character Candide was done on purpose and was not an accident at all. As explained in the introduction, the name is based upon the Latin word candidus, meaning white, and leading eventually to our modern candidate. One could then easily draw the figurative assumption of Candide being spotless, unadulterated, and innocent. However, Candide according to the story may not necessarily been all that innocent considering the fact that he also had an issue with greed. With that said, this essay will focus on the author's understanding on the writer's intentions of Candide's innocent outlook on life and the second part will also go into a different discussion with regards to understanding and the interpretation of the greed of Candide. With elaborating and getting a clear understanding on the writer's intentions of Candide's innocent outlook on life, it is apparent that he was trying to paint a picture of a person that was a little bit of a bland person. This was also to mention that he was also looking to depict a person that was naïve, and highly vulnerable to the effect of stronger characters (Severin). Like the other people in the book, the writer wanted to make sure that Candide was looked at as an individual is an accurate person than the example of a particular impression or foolishness that Voltaire wishes to exemplify (Betts). It was no accident as mention previously that the writer wanted the character to live up to
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