One of the most widely-taught works in all of French literature, the picaresque, satiric novella "Candide" has enjoyed both great success and great scandal. Voltaire, one of the kingpins of the French Enlightenment, used his sharp wit to portray what is considered an insightful portrayal of the human condition, inspiring generations of artists to emulate his style and intent. "Candide" is the story of a sheltered young man living a Leibnizian-inspired idyllic life who is slowly embittered by a more painful reality. Voltaire uses characters and events of the day to humorously skewer religion, philosophy, and governments.
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