Once released Voltaire was forced to travel to England, but returned to France three years later, in 1729, and began his prolific career. One of Voltaire's most notable pieces is Candide, published in 1759. It is a satire of many things, especially war, religion and those who hold optimism through a life of tereble hardships... displayed 300 characters
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Voltaire used his life experiences to promote a change in societies view of themselves by attacking the optimism that left so many blind to the real world and what he thought to be the path to contentedness. Between 1750 and 1753 Voltaire stayed with Frederick II of Prussia, also known as Frederick the Great... displayed next 300 characters
He finds room to include almost all of his
political views. He takes Candide on a journey through all of the wrongs
in the world in order to prove that it was not the best of all
What's optimism? said Cacambo. Alas, said Candide, it is a mania for saying things are well when one is in hell" (552). Candide is not only a character, but he also represents a type of person in which Voltaire is trying to make a mockery of...
However, Voltaire described James the Anabaptist as the most generous and humane character in the novel showing his positive attitude toward the everyday religious believers; Voltaire described James as "honest" and "charitable" (Voltaire, 28, 31)...
Pangloss simply responds that the disease was a necessity in this "the best of all possible worlds", for it was brought to Europe by Columbus' men, who also brought chocolate and cochineal, two greater goods that well offset any negative effects of the disease...
In Religion Voltaire describes one of his meditations. During this experience Voltaire thought about an archangel which took him to a place where he came in contact with many great philosophers among them Christ...
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