L’Ingenu by Voltaire
The book L’Ingenu by Voltaire is bursting with corruption of the soul. Lying, manipulating, and bribery are the center of religion, politics, and social society. These issues are expressed very harshly by Voltaire in this book. Voltaire ties to enlighten the people of his day by shedding light on these issues and start a changing in the world. Along with religion, he focuses upon political, social, and cultural factors to describe how he feels about the 18th Century French society. Voltaire portrays religion as if it is something that he demands from other people. Every religious leader seems to be trying to better themselves through the power they hold and manipulation. He uses the character of the Child of Nature and his simple, unpolluted outlook on the world to show the horrible deceit that runs amongst the people in our world. The story begins at a party, the Child of Nature being questioned by guests of the house. Eventually religion seeps into the room and conversation. The Child of Nature states, “I follow my own religion…as you do yours.” (page 111 Voltaire). The guests are shocked and exclaim things like “Those Wretched English! ... I see that they didn’t even think of getting him baptized.” or “How has it come about that Hurons are not Catholics?” and so on (page 111 Voltaire). The French people decide immediately to baptize the Child of Nature despite his unwillingness. The Child of Nature, who happens to claim that he is a Huron, keeps reassuring the Prior and Mademoiselle de Kerkabon that in England, people are to believe whatever they want and they don’t have to be pressured into believing something specific or following a certain religion. The Prior and Mademoiselle de Kerkabon later realize that the Child of Nature is not in fact a Huron but one of them and actually a family member. The Child of Nature ends up being the Prior’s nephew. Once he is recognized by his uncle and everyone, he becomes a...
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