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Study Guide for Voltaire's Candide including chapter summary, character analysis, and more. Learn all about Candide, ask questions, and get the answers you need.


Book Basics

Author: Voltaire

Year Published: 1759

Type: Novella

Genre: Satire

Perspective and Narrator:

The events of Candide are described by a third-person omniscient narrator.


Candide is written in the past tense.

About the Title:

Candide is the name of the story's main character. The Optimist, an alternative title, refers to a philosophical ideology that purports nothing happens without a reason and all that happens is for the best. Voltaire refutes this idea throughout the course of the book.

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