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A Polished Society Candide Compared to Jailbird Though Candide by Voltaire is set during the 1760s and Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut is set during the 1970s many parallels still exist between the two The two societies are still very similar The characters in both books though they encounter very different physical hardships the mental hardships and motives are similar Candide and Walter F Starbuck lived in completely different times many parallels exist between their lives Thus even though the two societies have over two hundred between them they are still very similar hence they have not changed much over time And they will more than likely remain the same as long as man is on the face of this planet For all the technology the world has provided has not yet changed the goals of men it has simply given men alternate ways to achieve the same motives Thus society has not changed at the roots and men will always thirst for money and wealth and look to find the easiest way out of problems or to simply b lame the problems on others Men will always thirst for money and material wealth no matter what Wealth is a major issue in both of these books In Candide Candide leaves Eldorado a utopia for monetary reasons Candide said if we go back to our world with no more than twelve sheep laden with stones from Eldorado well be richer than all the kings of Europe put together Candide p 70 Wealth caused his departure from a perfect society where he theoretically could have lived out his life in happiness yet he left it all behind for the money Wealth is a driving force in Jailbird as well Walter F Starbuck was put in jail the first time for the Watergate scandal where Richard Nixon ordered files to be stolen from the Democratic Party in order to have inside knowledge of their plans Thus
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