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Hannah Getchell
Mrs. Genvert
History 102
2/09/13
Candide

Candide is a very interesting book of the 18th century by Voltaire. Voltaire was a French enlightenment writer and was known for his criticism of religion in a satirical way. Candide is a French satire about society and religion. Candide is about a young man who grows up in a Baron’s castle under care of a scholar Pangloss. Candide is seen kissing the Baron’s daughter Cunegonde. He is therefor kicked out of the castle and must face the world he knows so little about. Candide leaves the country and joined the Bulgar Army. Candide manages to escape the army and goes to Holland where Jacques takes him in. Here he finds a beggar who happens to be Pangloss who tells him Cunegonde and her family have been murdered. Candide, Jacques, and Pangloss travel to Lisbon. On the voyage Jacques drowns and dies. In Lisbon Pangloss is hanged as a heretic. Candide meets an old woman who takes care of him and brings him to Cunegonde who is actually not dead. Cunegonde is being held as a sex slave. Candide kills her two owners and flees with the old women and Cunegonde on a ship. Candide plans to marry Cunegonde but when they arrive in Buenos Aires, the governor, Don Fernando, proposes and Cunegonde accepts. Candide then runs into Cunegonde’s brother and tells him his plans to marry his sister. Her brother disapproves so Candide kills him. Candide finds gold and jewels and Pangloss who survived his apparent death. Candide purchases Cunegonde and Pangloss and Martin and the old women move to a farm and all stay happy. In Candide Voltaire uses satire to describe his views about society, the church, religion, and the rights of the individual. Voltaire makes fun of the basic ways of the 18th century European society. He has the viewpoint that the world is the best that it could be, because Pangloss says all the things being made for an end, everything is necessarily for the best end. Society thought the world was as good...
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