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Voltaires Candide All is Not for the BestVoltaires Candide is the story of an innocent mans experiences in amad and evil world his struggle to survive in that world and his need toultimately come to terms with it All people experience the turmoil of lifeand must overcome obstacles both natural and man-made in order to eventuallyachieve happiness In life man must find a medium between what Martinscholar and companion to Candide calls the convulsions of anxiety and thelethargy of boredom Richter 137 After a long and difficult struggle inwhich Candide is forced to overcome misfortune to find happiness he concludesthat all is not well as he has previously been taught by his tutor DrPangloss and that he must work in order to find even a small amount ofCandide grows up in the Castle of Westphalia and is taught by thelearned philosopher Dr Pangloss Candide is abruptly exiled from the castlewhen found kissing the Barons daughter Cunegonde Devastated by theseparation from Cunegonde his true love Candide sets out to different placesin the hope of finding her and achieving total happiness On his journey hefaces a number of misfortunes among them being tortured during army trainingyet he continues to believe that there is a cause and effect for everythingCandide is reunited with Cunegonde and regains a life of prosperity but soonall is taken away including his beloved Cunegonde He travels on and yearslater he finds her again but she is now fat and ugly His wealth is all goneand so is his love for the Barons daughter Throughout Candide we see howaccepting situations and not trying to change or overcome obstacles can bedamaging Life is full of struggles but it would be nonproductive if peoplepassively accepted whatever fate had in store for them shrugging off theirpersonal responsibility Voltaire believes that people should not allowthemselves to be victims He sneers at naive accepting types informing usthat people must work to reach their utopia Bottiglia 93 In
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