Candide Essay

384 WordsJan 13, 20142 Pages
Candide is obviously result of much political and philosophical questioning. In the text, Voltaire hurls an innocent man into the world’s violent, and cruel oncoming path. Particularly three scenes present cenarios which raise interesting questions into life’s workings. The first scene, which opposes the rest of the novel’s gloomy and destructive atmosphere, is the discovery of Eldorado by Candide and his traveling companion Cacambo. The travelers’ first sight are the numerous rubies, diamonds, and other precious stones being played with on the ground by children dressed in gold attire. They soon learn of their location and attempt to learn from its humble people who promote religious toleration and refuse bipartisan leadership because dissenting opinions simply don’t exist in their advanced and educated society. The next scene takes place while Candide and his current traveling companion Martin are dining in a Venetian restaurant, awaiting passage to Constantinople. To summarize, Candide finds himself at a table with six foreign men who all seem to project a sense of gloom. Eventually the men are introduced as recent reigning kings of several European nations, all dethroned by some means or another, forced into a life of pitiful service and filth despite their royal heritage. With this image Voltaire seems to suggest that all men, in essence, are merely peasants at their core. That is to say all men are equal, not specifically that all men are a lower class of being, as my previous peasant metaphor would dictate. Anyway, The last scene takes place near the books conclusion, as Candide finally reunites with his beloved Cunegonde. One could easily argue that the entirety of Candide is a narration of Candide’s singular objective of recovering his lover Cunegonde from whatever disastrous position she has fallen into, as he miraculously neglects infinite riches in

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