Voltaire's Candide: The Transformation Of Candide

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Voltaire's Candide: The Transformation of Candide

    Candide (1991), which is another version of "Voltaire" by French writer Francois-Marie Arouet, is a short but diverse story that tells of a young man's journey for love and the hardships he faces all the while keeping a very strong, positive and philosophical outlook on life. The book starts in an unknown year, hinted sometime around the Renaissance, with a young man named Candide. Candide loves the princess of a Baron and is banished from the land because of it. Wanting so much to be with his love, he starts his travels to find some way that he can be with her. Right from the start Candide falls into trouble. From being forced to join an army, to seeing and loosing his love again, to great riches and to the lowest pit of poor Candide is able to overcome adversary and conquer the odds. In this amazing journey he finds that every event in the world has a reason, and whether there are positive or negative moments you have to live them.

    At the beginning, the reader finds out about Candide's misfortunate event that leads him on his journeys. His being taught, by Pangaloss, of philosophical ways of life leads him to long for his beloved. This longing is the official start of his journey to marry the beautiful Cunegonde.

    Candid finds himself at the first of his woes when he enters a tavern in the town of Waldberghofftrarbk-dikdorff. He is coaxed into going to a camp by mean of a meal. In the camp he is captured and forced to fight for the Bulgarian army. He attempts to escape but is caught and is forced to run the gauntlet. He then tries escaping again in the heat of battle and succeeds.

    After being taken in and helped by James, an anabaptist, he runs into his old teacher Pangaloss and tells of what happened to him in the Bulgarian army. "It is more likely mankind have a little copulated nature, for they were not born wolves, and they become wolves; God has given them neither cannon of four-and-twenty pounders, nor bayonets; and yet they have made cannon and bayonets to destroy one another" (9). This quote, said by Pangaloss, is said to show Candide that the world isn't perfect and that it will never be perfect. This helps Candide realize that things happen because nothing is perfect.

    On a trip to Libson an old woman sees him and leads him to an old house where he sees Cunegonde. He tells of his misfortunate journey and weeps on her shoulder. "I love you with all my heart, but my soul is still full of fright," (23) Cunegonde says. This quote puts doubt, of the reason of happenings, in Candide's heart because he can't understand why she is so frightful of the future. This has a negative effect on thoughts. Since her owners won't let her go, Candide kills them.

    Running from the police they flee to Avacena where Candide joins another army. He then sails to Buenos Ayers where he is tracked down and forced to leave his love behind, in service of the Governor, while...

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