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In Voltaires Candide Voltaire presents a story with a distinctive outlook on life He tells of a world that has gone mad and is laced with evil Voltaire questions optimismphilosophy and absolutes Through his story he exploits absolutes such as justicehappiness true love humanity brotherhood and many others He leaves the reader feeling that the world really is a cruel place and that happiness is hard to come byBy using the main character Candide a naive and innocent optimist Voltaireridicules concepts such as belief philosophy religion and absolutes in society Candideand Pangloss are infact used to show the ludicracy in complete optimism Most of theremaining characters especially Martin are rational and pessimistic But Pangloss showshow ridiculous optimism is through his irrational and inane feeling that everything is forthe better even after being hanged dissected and beatenVoltaire also makes commentary upon true love and happiness when Candide andMartin discuss the joyful couple they see Martin assures Candide that the couple arehiding their pain and Candide argues that they are content yet upon further review wefind out how really depressed the couple is In addition to the topic of happiness and truelove Candide marries Cunegonde even though he is no longer is in love with her and shecannot make him happy This may prove Martins theory that man was born to sufferIn conclusion what looks or sounds like true love and happiness is only a front forVoltaire also debunks the absolutes of brotherhood and humanity in manyepisodes of the story For example the Portuguese Jews hanged simply because theychose not to eat the bacon with their meal and when the good hearted Anabaptist Jacqueis killed upon the sinking vessel These examples Voltaire has chose to create convey thefeeling that the world is cold and lacks a recognizable purposeAt the end Cadide returns from the cold world and removes himself from thecorruption of society only to isolate himself in his work Only here can he safeguardhimself from the
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