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My book report is on Candide by Voltaire and consists of 326 pages Voltaires Candide is the story of an innocent mans experiences in a mad and evil world and his struggle to achieve happiness without having to work and taking the easy way out of all situations Everyone has to work and eventually they will achieve happiness and joy but in Candides case after a long and difficult struggle in which Candide is forced to overcome misfortune to find happiness he concludes that all is not that easy and that he must work in order to find even a small amount of pleasure in life Candide 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 He sneers at naive accepting types informing us that people must work to reach their utopia Bottiglia 93 In Candide reality and the real world are
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