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Voltaires Candide is the story of an innocent mans 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 that he must work in order to find even a small amount of pleasure in lifeCandide grows up in the Castle of Westphalia and is taught by the learned philosopher Dr Pangloss Candide is abruptly exiled from the castle when found kissing the Barons daughter Cunegonde Devastated by the separation from Cunegonde his true love Candide sets out to different places in the hope of finding her and achieving total happiness On his journey he faces a number of misfortunes among them being tortured 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 Barons 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
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