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Voltaires Candide is a driving commentary on the human condition its natural state of frailty the result of which is compilation of brittle social political and personal frameworks The author whose comment that disbelief is the basis of wisdom Webers lecture blemishes the dominating ideal of the 18th Century optimism defying it in the most tragic of forms human suffering Voltaires witticisms irony and sarcasm reverse the prevailing thought of his day that all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds and on the contrary through accounts of the ludicrous tortures and tragedies of his characters Candide Cunegonde Dr Pangloss the old woman Martin the Baron and many others conveys the antithesis that all goes wrong with us and that no one knows his place in society or his proper employment p 104 The recurring theme of trust in Providence p 74 throughout the story loudly whispers Voltaires opposition to the Church the priests and religious dogmas With undying faith in destiny and Gods mercy Candide and his company traveled throughout the world paradoxically encountering themselves in constant often near-death troubles Furthermore the rebellion against the ridicule of religious standards is evident in Candide and Barons accounts of swimming together with a Mussulman in the river and their severe lashes punishment I did not know that it was a capital offense for a Christian to be found naked with a young Mussulman p 134 Such pointless religious ideology is an excellent depiction of Votaires anger with the Churchs authority The utopian world that Candide encountered in Eldorado versus the crazed unjust painful immoral distorted and bloody rest of the world France England Italy etc is too symbolic of Voltaires disapproval of the ruling governments of the 18th Century While praising Eldorado for its peoples kindness and the countrys overall order he Candide inquired whether there were any prisons and his guide answered no p 82 the author discreetly condemns the
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