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In Voltaires Candide the issue of humans being confused creatures is seen through the main character Candide Like Candide many wander searching for ultimate happiness which they sometimes mistake for wealth beauty or power In some cases people become so obsessed with such desires that they lose consciousness of morals Often resulting in them stealing lying or even killing to obtain such needs In Candides case it was Cunegonde which he thought could fill the void of happiness although he later learned that happiness comes from oneself Money is the common desire among most people Simply because it allows one to live an easier life a life which one is guaranteed shelter food and better health The quote the good Pangloss had often proved to me that the goods of the earth are common to all men that each has an equal right to them p34 illustrates Candides reaction to having Cunegondes pistoles and diamonds stolen and how money for survival will cause a desperate person to steal The line My lady you have seventy - two quarterings and not a penny it depends on you alone to be the wife of the greatest lord in South America who has a very handsome mustache is it for you to pride yourself on an invincible fidelity p42 depicts how people will consider having money under the worst circumstancesIn addition money can become like a god to anyone who lacks love for themselves For example a person may use money to buy friends approval or respect Moreover one can become so obsessed about having materialistic wealth which brings them short -lived happiness that they turn into a compulsive shopper The phrase Im going to buy something to make myself feel better is one echoed especially in the United States where mass consumers are popular In brief inner happiness can not be replaced by mundane richesBeauty is another shared desire by people Good looks
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