|Plot Summary of Candide|
|"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."
Judy Berman, Resident Scholar
|"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. "
Kristy Pastore, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Candide|
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Time/era of story
- 17th century
Kind of romance:
- fighting matchbreaker (parents/authorities)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- a teen
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- soggy whimpering jelly muffin
- sensitive to others' feelings
- Smarter than most other characters
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
The Americas (not US):
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
- very explicit references to deaths and torture
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- rape/molest (yeech!)
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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