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Candide vs Shrek Once upon a time there were two fairytales The first Candide is a story of an optimistic young man on a quest to find love the other Shrek is the tale of a large green ogre who reluctantly does a kings bidding With the help of their trusty sidekicks the ogre and the young man survive the grueling trials they face Yet lurking beneath these stories is a biting satire And now we begin our story of the two fairytales Candide and Shrek use basic plot lines to convey complex messages They share the same basic tale of a quest to find love and the perilous adventures along the way In Candide the story begins with a happy optimistic young man in love a beautiful young girl After a series of calamities they are reunited When Candide saw her he found her to be horribly ugly The tender lover Candide on seeing his fair Cungonde dark-skinned eyes bloodshot flatbosomed cheeks wrinkled arms red and rough recoiled three steps in horror pg 96 Candide ends with a disillusioned and a pessimistic young man Candide and Cungonde accept their lot in life and in the end stay where they were and end any pursuit of the betterment of their lives I also know said Candide that we must cultivate our garden pg 101 Shrek is also a quest to find love although it does not start out as such Shrek starts out on a journey to retrieve the Princes Fiona for the king of the land Shrek ends up falling in love with Fiona In the end Shrek married the Princess just as like Candide did Cungonde But Shrek unlike Candide loved his wife and did not marry her out of guilt Candide are Shrek are simple stories that convey complex messages On the surface the characters Candide and Shrek are as dissimilar as the stories are similar Candide is a young
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