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by Voltaire

Candide Questions

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  1. What does each main character in Candide symbolize? What does Voltaire use each character for?
  2. Discuss Martin’s philosophical standpoint. Is he realistic, or overly pessimistic?
  3. How does the novel’s setting in time and place shape or not shape the perspective of each major character?
  4. What makes Candide a satire?
  5. What do you think of this ending? Why do the characters end up choosing a life of labor? Does Voltaire endorse this as a viable solution to suffering?

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