Voltaire had a natural tendency toward euphemism

Voltaire had a natural tendency toward euphemism - Voltaire...

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Unformatted text preview: Voltaire had a natural tendency toward euphemism, and examples of this rhetorical device are plentiful in Candide. Doctor Pangloss was inevitably euphemistic as he voiced the clichés of Optimism to prove that even great evil leads to good. In matters relating to Church and State, the euphemistic cliché also served Voltaire's purpose. The account of the Inquisition, for example, provided him with wonderful opportunities for satirical, euphemistic comment. One should recall the almost ceremonial politeness of the dark-skinned inquisitor when he inquired into Pangloss' views at the end of Chapter V. The plight of Pangloss and Candide was described in a manner no less ceremonious (Chapter VI). "They were separated and each was placed in an extremely cool room where no one was ever bothered by the sun. A week later they were both dressed in sanbenitos and paper mitres. Thus bothered by the sun....
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