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Candide

Candide

  

by Voltaire

Analysis: What’s Up With the Title?

This one's easy-peasy: Candide is the name of the novel’s protagonist.

And the alternative title is no more of a head-scratcher: Optimism. Leave it to Voltaire to keep things crystal clear—that title refers to the novel's tongue-in-cheek mockery of Pangloss's philosophy of Optimism.

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