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Women The Age of Enlightenment was also the Age of Reason A few elites expressed supreme confidence in the power of reason The thinkers of the Enlightenment called philosophes argued that it should be possible to examine human institutions with the intention of imposing a comparable order and rationality Chase 399 From the readings I have found that women were not as much a big part of this Enlightenment as were religion and politics But from what I read women were only used for sex and were considered objects One author even said that being a woman was lower than being a human creature Voltaires writing in Candide is a satire for the way many things were at that time He also satirizes the way women were treated at that time Women were objects and were used for sex One example of this is Cunegund After she and Candide reunite she tells her story Her story is straightforward while Candides is full of exaggeration Maybe this is Voltaires way of saying women were much more realistic then men Like Candide her problems were as great But one thing thats different is her life has been easy while Candide has suffered many injuries When they meet she is an honored guest and Candide is the victim She tells about getting raped on top of a pile of dead bodies What is Voltaire trying to say That woman was no better than a pile of dead bodies For my part I have hitherto withstood them both and truly I believe this is the very reason why they are both so fond of meVoltaire 34 This is the reason given to why the Grand Inquisitor and Don Issacher both want her I think Voltaire is trying to say that women are much more attractive when you cant have it The Old women also told her story of going from a princess who is about to get
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