The Satire Of Voltaire's Candide

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Through the satire of Candide, Voltaire stresses that happiness is in a simple life, that progress is through bettering oneself and reason, that organized religions are immoral and detrimental, and that philosophical optimism is too naive and unreasonable. Candide is a victim of his own optimistic beliefs, being hounded by churches and only finding solitude at the end by leading a simple, working life in their garden. Though his tenacity in situations would normally be praised, Candide was far too naive and lacked a sense of reason. His character seemingly only progressed when he gave in to reality and abandoned Pangloss’ excessively optimistic philosophy. Reality is far crueler to those who acknowledge only one side of a situation. Had Candide
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