Candide Book Summary and Study Guide

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Candide is a satire written by Voltaire about the optimistic philosophy of his time that was saying "This is the best of all worlds". Candide is the main character in the story who goes from living in the best of all worlds to seeing the bad sides of life and humans. He is placed in many situations that are often absurd and throughout the story loves a young woman whom he is constantly trying to reunite with. Voltaire uses humor and sarcasm to make the story express his own opinions and it is short, only 120 pages.
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The review of this Book prepared by Kristy Pastore

Candide, the illegitimate nephew of a German baron, falls in love with Cunegonde, who happens to be the baron's daughter. When the baron catches them kissing, he expels both Candide and his tutor, Pangloss, from the kingdom. From there, Candide wanders around Europe, meeting new people and getting himself into lots of trouble. He unwillingly fights in the Bulgar army, journeys to Holland, where Pangloss is hanged as a heretic, and Candide finds Cunegonde again in Portugal. They must flee Portugal, however, as the Grand Inquisitor is after Candide, and they end up on a ship to South America. Over the course of their journeys, Candide and his friends learn that all the adventures in the world are not as important as developing a small, self-sufficient community.
The review of this Book prepared by Judy Berman

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   fighting matchbreaker (parents/authorities) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   German Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Scandinavia    -   Germany    -   Spain The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   South

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   rape/molest Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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