These two chapters are most notable for anti

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Unformatted text preview: These two chapters are most notable for anti-war satire. Voltaire was appalled by the slaughter and waste that characterized the Seven Years War, in progress at the time he wrote. This conflict has its place in the background to Candide and will be discussed later. The Bulgarians are the Prussians. Long since, critics and editors of the tale have pointed out that Voltaire chose that name to refer to his one-time patron, Frederick the Great, whom he suspected of being a pederast. The French word bougre (cf. English bugger) derives from Bulgare. Voltaire chose the term Abarians, the name of a Scythian tribe, to represent the French. But in Chapter II, the author first pokes fun at the drillmastership of Frederick the Great and implies that the "heroes" are made into mere automatons. Writing with studied casualness, he depends as usual on irony. His description of the slaughter and Writing with studied casualness, he depends as usual on irony....
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