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Analysis

El Dorado

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

The land of El Dorado is an embodiment of Voltaire’s vision of an ideal society. El Dorado is a place of relative equality and advanced science. It is free of greed, pretension, religious contention, and suffering. El Dorado is significant in its ability to highlight the unfortunate realities of the world beyond its borders. Nevertheless, the land is too good to be true, and therefore unreal to Candide and Cacambo. This may be the real reason why they do not remain.

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