Voltaire concludes Candide with, if not rejecting Leibnizian optimism outright, advocating a deeply practical precept, "we must cultivate our garden", in lieu of the Leibnizian mantra of Pangloss, "all is for the best" in the " best of all possible worlds ". Candide is characterized by its tone as well as by its erratic, fantastical, and fast-moving plot. Still, the events discussed are often based on historical happenings, such as the Seven Years' War and the Lisbon earthquake. Voltaire ridicules religion, theologians, governments, armies, philosophies, and philosophers. Through Candide , he assaults Leibniz and his optimism.

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See Featured Authors Answering Questions. Questions About Kandid ili Optimizam by Voltaire. To ask other readers questions about Kandid ili Optimizam , please sign up. Answered Questions This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [After the first few pages who with any kind of intellect would seriously want to continue to read this drivel? I put the book in the trash regretting the money spent on it. Rik This book is a classic! A treasure of 18th-century satire. You're either a troll or a troglodyte.

Go and read the Hunger Games again. So, I loved Candide and am now interested in finding more books with a similar satire base writing style. Any recommendations? Misha I'd go with something like Catch, highly entertaining, absurdist and filled with black humor. About how old should one be to read Candide?

I'm considering giving a copy to my daughter who is 15 years old. Amaryllis Amy Washington It depends on the person, but in general I think that anyone 14 and older should be able to enjoy and understand it. Why is this about optimism? Ellen Never once did Candide falter in his pursuit of optimism.

It can be summarized in his statement at the end of the work of, "Let us cultivate our garde …more Never once did Candide falter in his pursuit of optimism. It can be summarized in his statement at the end of the work of, "Let us cultivate our garden. This can be interpreted in many different ways. In addition to this, "the best of all possible worlds" is mentioned numerous times throughout the story.

Candide, as taught by his teacher, truly believes that he is in the best possible world, and that nothing can truly be so bad However, after his experiences, he is forced to reconsider and notice that there are atrocities in this world as well. It can be viewed as a criticism of persistent optimism, or proof that there are limits to optimism. What is the genre of the book? John Kieffer Satire on the philosophy that everything works out for the best. In this book, it's just the opposite, repeatedly.

Load 5 more questions. Unanswered Questions 5. Love this book so awesome :- It was a slow read going to read it during the weekend again? Did you find that Voltaire successfully disputed that 'everything is the for the best', or was his aim merely at those who seek complacency in this philosophy?

I have concluded that my thoughts on the matter suggest that either philosophy has its merits--and that Voltaire could very well indeed could merely have been mocking those who choose imprudent optimism over the realities of life.

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