Study Guide

Candide Chapter 21

By Voltaire

Chapter 21

  • As they approach the coast of France, Candide asks Martin about his travels.
  • Martin expounds rather humorously on the different places of the world: France is full of fools and lovesick madmen, and Venice is no good unless you’re from Venice.
  • He also declares that the world was created "to make us mad." (Mad meaning crazy, not angry.)
  • He makes a fantastic argument that men have always been evil and horrible to one another.
  • Candide’s tries rather poorly to negate this argument with free will.