The Turk To Candide: An Analysis

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The response by the Turk to Candide argues that people do not need a lot, they need only cultivate their lands before them and will therefore be happy enough. In the context of Candide, nearing the finale of the book, Candide and the other characters have been dealt with nothing but vice and greed by others due to religion, rank and wealth. They were also very stricken with boredom, and had to debate over different philosophies in order to pass the time. The quote says that they can keep away “boredom, vice and necessity” by cultivating their land. In other words, the Turk is arguing that there is no need to fight over religions, ranks and wealth or to prattle over worldview philosophies which can all be seen as useless, to what is before them.

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