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Candide the eighteenth century novel written by the ever dry and sarcastic Voltaire is a true classic that discusses and pokes holes in many philosophies One major philosophy it discusses is the concept of partial evil leads to the greater good Eventually it will lead to the best of all possible worlds according to Dr Pangloss Candide and Cunegondes tutor Voltaire strongly disagrees with this philosophy Throughout the story he frequently puts his characters into bad situations where things may not turn out for the best Candide learns much of this philosophy from Dr Pangloss The Bulgarian army attacks the castle where they live and Pangloss was thought to be dead He and Candide meet up again in Holland Pangloss is a mess Scabs cover his body and his teeth are rotting He has contracted syphilis from a maid that worked in the castle Yet he somehow believes that this disease will eventually lead to the best of worlds It was a thing unavoidable a necessary ingredient in the best of worlds Voltaire 8 The maid from whom he contracted this disease had gotten it from a chain of people that began in the New World Even though he has this awful disease he still believes that it will lead to the best of worlds Candide believes that bad things happen so that an opportunity to redeem oneself will spring up In this quote Candide and Cacambo are discussing Candides new found redemption If I had no been so lucky as to run Miss Cundegondes brother through the body I should have been devoured without redemption Voltaire 39 Candide seems to be a firm believer in Dr Pangloss philosophy Yet he questions it at times His reasoning is as follows even though he kills three people he finds happiness in the fact that he is redeemed for saving the two young women from the monkeys His view on life is very optimistic Voltaire not
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