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In the novel Candide Voltaire uses many literary writing tools to prove the points in which he believes Some of these many literary tools are irony satire and symbolism Through these tools Voltaire proves that greed is a universal vice and usually ends in ones own destruction Voltaire strongly emphasizes his pessimistic view throughout the story During Chapter 10 he uses his philosophies as well as other literary tools to present greed as a devastating factor of societys corruption For example Cunegonde found that someone had stolen her money and jewels Who could have stolen my money and diamonds I strongly suspect a reverend Franciscan who slept in the same inn with us last night in BadajozPg 40 She was sure that the thief was the reverend how is it that money can makes someone so holly corrupt enough to make a sin Voltaire uses irony here to show the pessimistic view of greed overcoming a holly persons wholesomeness Madam you have seventy-two years of nobility but not one penny You now have the chance to become the wife of a man whos the greatest lord in South America and has a very handsome mustache Pg 51 Cunegonde was ready to marry a man all for money not on love Voltaire satirized philosophical optimism He used exaggerations and berated all the petty inhumanities of society This scene where Cunegonde ponders whether or not to marry a man for money supports Voltaires overall theme of pessimism Candide and Cacambo traveled to Eldorado and found it to be the best place ever If our friend Pangloss had seen Eldorado he wouldnt have said that the castle of Thunder-ten-tronckh was the finest thing on earth Pg 68 Leaving a perfect place such as Eldorado where they could be seen as equals and extremely pleased seems insane However Candide and Cacambo found money more important They left to live in a corrupt world filled with riches and wealth
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