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Candide Essay

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Pangloss and his student Candide maintain that “everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds”. This idea of optimism is a version of the 19th century philosophies of Enlightenment age. Voltaire does not accept that a perfect God has to exist, so he can afford to mock the idea that the world must be completely good, and he uses satire on this idea throughout the novel. The optimists, Pangloss and Candide , suffer and witness a wide variety of horrors-floggings,...

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