Voltaire's Candide: "All Is Not For The Best"



Voltaire's Candide is the story of an innocent man's experiences in a
mad and evil world, his struggle to survive in that world, and his need to
ultimately come to terms with it. All people experience the turmoil of life
and must overcome obstacles, both natural and man-made, in order to eventually
achieve happiness. In life, "man must find a medium between what Martin
(scholar and companion to Candide) calls the "convulsions of anxiety" and the
"lethargy of boredom"" (Richter 137). After a long and difficult struggle in
which Candide is forced to overcome misfortune to find happiness, he concludes
that all is not well (as he has previously been taught by his tutor, Dr.
Pangloss), and ...

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during army training,
yet he continues to believe that there is a "cause and effect" for everything.
Candide is reunited with Cunegonde, and regains a life of prosperity, but soon
all is taken away, including his beloved Cunegonde. He travels on, and years
later he finds her again, but she is now fat and ugly. His wealth is all gone
and so is his love for the Baron's daughter. Throughout Candide, we see how
accepting situations and not trying to change or overcome obstacles can be
damaging. Life is full of struggles, but it would be nonproductive if people
passively accepted whatever fate had in store for them, shrugging off their
personal responsibility. Voltaire believes that people should not allow
themselves to be victims. He sneers at naive, accepting types, informing us
that people must work to reach their utopia (Bottiglia 93).
In Candide, reality and "the real world" are portrayed as being
disappointing. Within the Baron's castle, Candide is able to lead a ...

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