Voltaire's Candide is the riotous tale of young Candide, for whom the story is titled, and his misadventures with his Lady Cunegonde and his tutor, Dr. Pangloss. A funny and jovial tale of youth, Candide was originally written in French but has been translated, over the last 250 years, into modern English text. Though Candide is of privilege and fortune, he seems to always find himself in an unlucky position. Voltaire uses these misfortunes to caricature and satire the idealist thought leaders of the time like Leibniz and Pope. Voltaire, conversely, honors the resilience of a positive human spirit, giving it a lasting enthusiastic and encouraging outlook on life.
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