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Candide - Philosophy of Voltaire- What is the ideal situation in life The question often arises for what purpose was man placed upon the earth It seems in this satirical work that Voltaire is focusing mainly on remodeling the mental limitations of mans outlook on life It quickly becomes evident that the target of his satire as the title suggests is the concept of philosophical optimism His exaggerated tales of the horrors which his characters endure attack the idea that everything always happens for the best These attacks on the pleasantness of life are accompanied by the absolute extremes of existence and government We are first introduced to Voltaires idea of absurdity as Candide listened with care as the greatest philosopher of the whole province and consequently of the whole worldp332 laid out the concept of cause and effect and preached of the greatness of all that was about them His unwavering optimism soon becomes questionable to the young Candide as he is kicked from his sweet haven after his seemingly innocent incident with the beautiful daughter of the Baron Soon after he is rescued by soldiers in the tavern of a nearby town only to suffer a continually declining fate This rise and fall of his hopes and his faith in the wisdom of Dr Pangloss continue throughout the story The ultimate of ironies presents itself later when Candide meets a diseased beggar who proves to be his Master Pangloss being in a state of utter despair delivers news of all the atrocities that have occurred since the exile of his student In his following escapades Candide learns that Cunegund is actually alive His quest to find her bestows upon him many more adventures or rather hardships in many extreme environments
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