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Optimism in Candide Voltaires Candide is a book about the adventures encountered by Candide Candide learns that outside the Castle of Westphalia where he has lived his entire life there is a mad and evil world Throughout the entire story Candide is in a constant struggle to come to grips with this fact All people experience the turmoil of life and must overcome obstacles both natural and man-made in order to eventually achieve happiness After a long and difficult struggle in which Candide was forced to overcome misfortune to find happiness he concludes that all is not well and that he must work in order to find even a small amount of pleasure in life Candide remained optimistic throughout his difficult journey as a result he found a life where he can live happily and carefree 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 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 it is shown how accepting situations and not trying to change or overcome obstacles can be damaging Life is full of struggles but people must face their problems and look for the brighter side of things and most importantly keep trekking forward
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