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Is It Love or Obsession In Voltaires Candide the main character Candide is madly in love with Cunegonde the beautiful and intelligent daughter of a Baron In Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby Jay Gatsby has spent his whole life obsessing over Daisy Although they are two very different novels they are similar in that their leading men Candide and Gatsby are obsessed with finding love They both go on physical or mental journeys for the women they love They decide to dedicate their lives to their love Also they both manage to obtain the object of their desire sometime during the story The journeys that are apparent in each novel are very similar Both Candide and Gatsby go on their journeys to find their love Both characters go on physical journeys but Gatsby also goes on a mental one Candides physical journey to Cunegonde takes him to many different places throughout the coast of Europe He travels very far just to find her and when he does he loses her again and must travel farther to find her During his physical journey he encounters many obstacles During each obstacle the only thing that keeps him alive is the thought of being with Cunegonde again It is the same for Cunegonde who was frantic exhausted half out of my senses and ready to die of weakness p36 Even in this horrible state she tells Candide that through all her hardships my mind was full of the kiss which I gave you behind the screen on the day when I saw you for the last time p36 This statement keeps Candide going through the second half of the book Gatsbys journeys are not nearly as difficult as difficult as Candides His physical journey is his trip through life in which her obtains money just to impress Daisy His mental journey is also part of his physical one He realizes that Daisy will never marry a lowly
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