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Thomas Cole was an American painter who lived from 1801-1848 He painted a representation of Adam and Eves expulsion from the garden and he called it The Expulsion From The Garden This painting portrays the metaphor represented in Voltaires Candide This could be quite possibly true considering that Voltaire died only 23 years before Coles birth and most likely served him as an inspirational character In the best possible world things are warm and light and people are happy In the worst possible world things are dark shadowed and people are scared and helpless In the middle ground people work for what they need and depend on each other for the rest This is how Voltaire sees the different worlds and how Cole portrayed them in his painting Candide has seen these worlds When he is in the best worlds he leaves to cultivate and make it better not knowing that he couldnt make it better because it is perfect Upon leaving these perfect worlds he soon finds the worst worlds like he is being punished for leaving Voltaire shows examples of paradise in the book and all of them are chock full of green gardens The paradise which Cole portrays in his painting is also a garden Like Adam and Eve Candide didnt stay in the paradise For example Candide leaves Westphalia Candide driven from the terrestrial paradise and he also leaves El Dorado We are able to pay the governor of Buenos Ayres if miss Cunegonde can be ransomed Let us journey towards Cayenne In the first situation Candide leaves to cultivate his mind and life and the second one he leaves to cultivate El Dorado with Cunegonde When he didnt find Cunegonde immediately he ran into Cannibals When he didnt soon find his piece of mind after leaving Westphalia he found only cold barren land to sleep upon Voltaires ideas of perfection were clearly garden worlds But it
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