Candide Study Guide


Candide by Voltaire

Candide is a satire about Candide, a sheltered young man who is educated by the servant Pangloss, how believes that our world is always "the best of all possible worlds". However, Candide is cast out of his happy life for kissing the Lady Cunegonde and forced to travel the world, from Spain to South America. Eventually Candide rescues Cunegonde from Constantinople, where she has been enslaved and they start a farm. In the end, Candide rejects some of Pangloss's optimism but maintains that "we must cultivate our garden".