Critical Analysis on Voltaire’s Candide, “Eldorado”

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The story of Candide, “Eldorado” and what the meaning is, has been one of debate as to what Voltaire was interpreting in the story by some authors. The scene of Eldorado is the visual philosophy of Voltaire’s thoughts of what an ideal society would be. It is a land of richness and where there is a state of being equal in status, rights, belief, and opportunity; it is free of greed, claiming titles or importance, religious strife or contention, and there is no suffering (Mason 55). Eldorado also brings the reader’s attention in its scene to show the bad fortune of realities of cultures beyond its land. If this land is the ideal society one would wonder why did Candide and Cacambo who had traveled different countries and experience many test…show more content…
It is clear that Eldorado, a second experience of utopia, fails to meet Candide expectations because he stills longs for the love of his life Cungonde. Candide tries to view them as such, until he and Cacambo leaves Eldorado and realizes how things are, “Candide dismisses best of all possible worlds” stated by Pangloss (Voltaire’s 101). The second author Haydn Mason, Candide, Optimism Demolished. Mason wonders about the blueprint and the life of Eldorado, it is not within man’s reach. He also sees that Eldorado is a representation of Voltaire’s hopes for a deist society one that is free of religious doctrine and persecution. Mason writes, “in keeping with the spirit of tolerance in Eldorado, there are no divisive religious sects, no oppression of others, no churches, and no priests” (Mason 55). He also argues when Candide and Cacambo ask about the religious aspects of Eldorado, the old man replies, “That we worship God from evening to morning” (Mason 56) Mason points out that this too is an unreal aspect of Eldorado; Mason argued that do the Eldoradans ever sleep, or take naps. The old man also adds that when they sing to God, five –six thousands musicians play with them. The argument here is

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