The novel Candide by Voltaire is a great peice of satire that
makes fun of the way people in medievil times thought. The book is about a
man, Candide, and his misfortunes. Throughout the book Candide has
countless things go wrong in order to show that this is not “the best of
all possible worlds” Voltaire is trying to make a point through the
exaggeration of the inhumanities of man in a humorous way.
The story begins in a castle in Westphalia. Candide is convinced
by Cunegonde to take a lesson in “experimental physics”. The two are
caught and Candide is kicked out of the castle. While Candide is suffering
from hunger and cold he is met by two men who trick him into service in the
Bulgarian army. Candide has a terrible time in the army, he tries to
escape, and he is punished severely. During the confusion of war Candide
manages to escape. Time passes and Candide meets some other interesting
individuals and has one bad experience after the next. One day Candide
meets a woman who takes care of him and this is none other than Cunegonde.
They amuse each other with stories of misfortune and travel around the
world. At every place Candide goes something unthinkable seems to happen
to him.Candide meets several people along the way who all have their own
interesting story of misfortune and the inhumanities of mankind. Candide
ends up on a small farm, married to Cunegonde and living with two
philosophers. He argues with others at the end of the book if this really
is the best of all possible worlds and they conclude the we must “work
without reason” and “must cultivate our garden”.
In this novel Voltaire is extremely influenced by his frame of
reference and mindset. He finds room to include almost all of his
political views. He takes Candide on a journey through all of the wrongs
he beleives in the world in order to prove that it was not the best of all
possible worlds. He shows us the inhumanities of man through war and
social interaction. He basically paints an exaggerated picture of the
wrongs of medievil people. Voltaire is just as biased as any other capable
person of the time. Everybody has a certain element of prejudice that they
hold within. His thoughts are taken into exaggeration but that is the
basis of satire. The conclusions arrived at by Voltaire are valid. He
does not have excessive prejudice and his conclusions cannot be invalid
because they are thoughts of personal opinion. Voltaire’s ideas do not
completely follow others’. He is one of the only writers that stepped out
and confronted major philisophical issues even if they were hidden within
Voltaire’s novel Candide is a book about all of people problems
during the time period in which it was written. Voltaire wrote the book in
order to confront these problems in a humorous way so to allow the public
to ingest the reading easier. Voltaire accomplished his theme very well
because of the creative uses of humor in the book.
Voltaire is right in what he is saying. When looking at satire it
must not be evaluated too closely. If it is picked apart and some of the
things are taken too seriously then the general idea trying to be presented
is not recognized. Voltaire uses alot of great humorous filling inside of
a few major ideas and attacks the areas needed to be attacked in a witty
and humorous matter.
The novel Candide is a well written, funny, to the point book
stressing that this is not the best of all possible worlds.The writing
is not too difficult to read and is organized in an efficient manner. The
book does not die through translation like several other medievil books do.
The ideas brought about in the book are important ideas of the time that
needed to be discussed. Voltaire created a satirical masterpeice in
Candide. This book adds to people’s general knowledge of medievil man’s
problems and the distorted philisophical ideas of the times.
Voltaire presents some major ideas in his novel Candide. Through
satire he proves that this is not the best of all possible worlds by
showing the reader the problems of medievil times. Voltaire presents these
ideas through a young boy, Candide. Voltaire’s Candide is a great
satirical peice that makes fun of medievil people’s ideas in hope to open
minds and inform the reader.
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