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Eden No More Essay

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Candide is a man that believed in his mentor, Pangloss, that said their world is "the best of all possible worlds" and that undiluted optimism is the philosophy to follow. Voltaire's Candide, takes the reader through series of experiences and troublesome adventures that the protagonist, Candide, produces through his beliefs. He finally recognizes the imperfections of the so-called "perfect world" and man's inability to neither conquer, nor comprehend evil in the world. Candide's adventures begin with his expulsion from the castle. The series of misfortunes that befall him serve as education to his experience with his world. His actual experiences in the real world directly contradict Pangloss's optimism. Instead the world is a terrible place full of evil, cruelty and suffering. The hidden kingdom serves as a crucial mistake of his assessment that his world is the "best of worlds". Gold and precious jewels are "common pebbles" in the hidden kingdom. However, Candide's adventures demonstrate that the plentiful jewels and gold are not the reason the kingdom is the "best of all possible worlds." The kingdom is a utopia because it does not suffer from religious persecution, petty squabbles, or horrendous social inequality. Candide was distracted by the glitter of things that the kingdom itself holds as worthless. Near the end of the novel, Candide, Pangloss, Martin and Cunegonde, visit with a Turkish old man. As the group visits, Candide visions the Turk's estate to be "vast and magnificent". The Turk replies,...

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