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Published in 1759 Voltaires Candide is a book tied into the reality of the time it was written it camouflages Voltaires frustration of the time Candide is a book meant to explore the ideas of enlightenment and how people of that time would use reason in place of faith Catherine Lavender Par 1 Voltaire was born Franois-Marie Arouet to a middle class family in Paris on November 21 1694 However there is confusion as to whether that is his real birth date because he said that it really occurred on February 20 1694 He did not love Franois Arouet his alleged father a onetime attorney or his older brother Armand He had always believed however that officer Rochebrune was his real father who was also a songwriter Due to the fact that he lost his mother at the age of seven not much was said about her And since his mother died he seems to have become an untimely rebel of family authority Instead he became close to his godfather the Abb de Chteauneuf who was an epicurean and an individualist Kren-Marx Par 2 Voltaire attended the Jesuit college of Louis-le-Grand in Paris The religious instruction of the fathers there provoked his cynicism and disdain for the school even though he valued the classical understanding the college taught him However it was there that he learned to love literature social life and the theatre After he left college he decided against the study of law He became lovesick with the daughter of an adventurer while employed as secretary at the French embassy in The Hague Voltaire wanted to devote himself wholly to literature despite his fathers wishes and he often went to the Temple then the center of freethinking enlightened society Voltaire became the intelligence of Parisian society after the death of Louis XIV He was banished from Paris and then imprisoned in the Bastille for almost one year after he mocked the dissolute regent
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