WPQ 2 - Kevin Pintauro WPQ 2 121 S 06 1 Voltaire is recreating a sort of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden with a modern setting and

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Kevin Pintauro January 29, 2008 WPQ 2 121 S 06 1. Voltaire is recreating a sort of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden with a modern setting and contemporary “temptations”. Candide is born in to the “most beautiful and delightful of possible castles” as Adam was “born” in the Garden; Voltaire’s Garden of Eden is the castle. Cunegonde is Voltaire’s Eve who too is from “Earth’s Paradise”. Cunegonde and Candide’s kiss is the Forbidden Fruit of Voltaire’s retold Genesis and Candide is attacked and banished from “paradise” just as Adam was. What Voltaire is trying to summarize is the course of mankind thereafter. We once came from it all, but all is not truly all unless it is built upon nothing. Meaning: Candide must create his own paradise from “nothing” in order to truly live in paradise. This is what Voltaire is suggesting by “we must cultivate our own garden”, or our own paradise. Life is what we make of it; we must earn our own paradise. Candide (and Cunegonde) never
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENG 121 taught by Professor Fajardo-acosta during the Spring '08 term at Creighton.

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WPQ 2 - Kevin Pintauro WPQ 2 121 S 06 1 Voltaire is recreating a sort of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden with a modern setting and

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