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Candide

Candide

  

by Voltaire

Candide Characters

Meet the Cast

Candide

Smile, You're On Candide CameraCandide is our novel’s main man. He is innocent, idealistic, and faithful to an extreme degree. Incredibly gullible, he blindly accepts Dr. Pangloss’s overly opti...

Dr. Pangloss

Dr. FeelgoodIf you're feeling blue, call up Dr. Pangloss. He won't give you years of therapy—nope, nothing invasive for this good doctor. Instead, he'll tell you about his cure-all philosophy......

Martin

Gloomy Gus (Or Morbid Martin?)You don't want this guy at your party. In fact, you'd be better off keeping him at least twenty-five miles away from your next shindig—Martin is just that mopey.Cand...

Cunégonde

It's A Hard Knock Life... Especially For CunégondeWe have to start with a huge disclaimer: there are two Cunégondes. No, Cunégonde doesn't have a doppelganger. She's not an evil twin. She doesn'...

Cacambo

Livin' In The MomentCacambo, Candide’s loyal servant, is quick-thinking, restless, and thirsty for adventure. Unlike many of the other main characters, Cacambo has no interest in philosophy. It i...

The Baron

A Bear of a BaronVoltaire satirizes Cunégonde’s brother, the Baron, for his stupidly uncompromising adherence to traditional ideas about lineage and status. Despite his appreciation of Candide a...

The Old Woman

The Most Awesome Old Woman Since Maggie SmithThe Old Woman suffers more than perhaps any other character in the novel. And she knows it, too, as demonstrated by her telling us all the time. However...

The Scholar

The Voice of ReasonThis character has an incredibly minor role. So minor, in fact, that most people overlook him altogether. But before you dismiss him as yet another foolish caricature, take a loo...

James the Anabaptist

Hey—What About Sin?James the Anabaptist represents yet another solution or viewpoint to the world’s suffering. He brings into the picture the Christian theory that there is past sin (Adam and E...