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CliffsNotes on Candide explores the best known philosophic tale from Voltaire. The tale is a vehicle for his profoundest views on politics, religion, and philosophy. At the same time, it is an adventure tale about a young hero who travels far and wide and experiences great dangers.
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A brilliant and funny text, this satirical novel follows the adventures of Candide, who believes that this world we live in is "the best of all possible worlds." As Candide goes out in the world to examine its wonders, Voltaire skewers the reigning philosophical mindset of the day, optimism.