How Does Voltaire Define Happiness In Candide

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Within Voltaire’s satirical fiction, Candide, it’s exhibited that happiness is truly within a simple and natural life. The general consensus among philosophers about happiness is that it’s procured by understanding and abiding by natural laws and that everyone has the right in “the pursuit of happiness”(The Western Perspective, 693). Locke further adds that “...happiness… lay in a return to a simple, natural life”. They rejected and interchanged the rationalization of misery being “compensated” for in the next life, a traditional thinking of salvation imposed by the church, with the Enlightenment thinking of happiness. Candide and his company are faced with tribulations and tragedy in their own pursuit of the principle, most of which being

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