Candide is a satire by Voltaire that was that was first published in 1759.


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See a complete list of the characters in Candide and in-depth analyses of Candide, Pangloss, Martin, and Cacambo.

Literary Devices

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Further Study

Go further in your study of Candide with background information about Voltaire and the satire, an historical context essay about the Enlightenment, as well as suggestions for further reading.