The Life and Work of Francois-Marie Arouet, a.k.a. Voultaire

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Many classic books of literature of the French Enlightenment era comes from the famous author Francois-Marie Arouet, better known as his pen name, Voltaire.The French author was born on November 21st, 1694 and died May 30th, 1778 in the city of Paris. He started school at the Jesuit College of Louis-le-Grand at the age of 10 and graduated in 1711 with a motive of being a writer. However, Voltaire’s father did not agree with his choice of study and wanted Voltaire to study law. He went back to school to study law for another two years after his graduation. Voltaire was sent to The Hague, Netherlands in order to act as a secretary to the French ambassador at the time. During his visit, he became infatuated with Catherine Olympe de Noyer. Due…show more content…
As the two were conversing, the man returns to Cunégonde and is killed by Candide. Not knowing what to do, the trio flees onto a boat headed towards South America. Once they arrived at the city of Buenos Aires, Candide and Cunégonde had planned to marry but is interrupted after the governor proposes to Cunégonde. She accepts without conferring to Candide about it. The authorities were on the lookout for Candide after the murder of the Jewish man back in Europe. He flees to an area surrounded by Jesuits, who are rebelling against the Spanish regime, and encounters Cacambo along his journey. He later discovered that the baron is surviving as the commander of the Jesuit group. Candide’s optimistic attitude is slowly depleting as the baron announces that Cunégonde would never wed a person such as Candide. Enraged by the statement, Candide penetrates a sword through the baron and flees with Cacambo. After committing another murder in the Jesuit territory, Candide and Cacambo travel to the city of El Dorado. The utopian city was made out of various treasures and had perfect living conditions for anyone's desire. However, Candide still dedicates his heart to Cunégonde and decides to buy her back with the finite amount of gold and jewels. Once they depart the city of gold and into the country of Suriname, Candide sends Cacambo to buy back Cunégonde's freedom with their hoard of treasures and tells him to meet again in Venice. Candide decides to sail off to

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