Candide - Voltaire

A Quote from Candide: "If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others?"

Sarah Jackson

About Candide

In the small castle of Thunder-ten-tronckh in Westphalia, the illegitimate son of the baron's sister named Candide lives a lavish seeming life and is taught philosophy by a man called Professor Pangloss. The philosopher teaches the young Candide that the world they live in is "the best of all possible worlds" and to be extremely optimistic even in the seemingly worst situations. After being kicked out of the castle for kissing Cunegonde, the baron's daughter, Candide wanders around Europe and the recently discovered new world. He is constantly tortured and witnesses other terrible things that open his eyes to the not-so-happy world outside the walls of Thunder-ten-tronckh. His adventure leads him all over the globe, from Westphalia all the way to the rumored land of El Dorado, on his mission to reunite with his beloved Cunegonde while keeping his optimistic attitude of living in the "best of all possible worlds".

What I think

The cover of Candide that I have is very appealing and it lays the plot in front of me in a simple, colorful way without having to open up the book. When I opened the book and began to read, I quickly realized this book has very old-fashioned vocabulary and style of writing due to its publication in the 1700’s. It is a short story compared to other AP books with words that make it an interesting read. The adventure of Candide can be gruesome at times, but overall, entertaining.

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Sarah Jackson

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