Voltaire’s Candide is a piece of genius satire that is relatable to nearly any era
of the world, especially in today’s world. It is a great comment on the political and
social state that our world seems to always be struggling with. While the characters
of the story believe that this is the “best of all possible worlds, it is clear that Voltaire
does not agree with that statement. He employs a clever use of satire to show just
how disgusting the world truly is.
Starting with Pangloss’ philosophy “that there is no effect without a cause”
and that we live in the “best of all possible worlds,” (4) to the Bulgarian assertion
that their king is the “best of kings” (7), Candide criticizes the human race, our
hubris, our optimism,...