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Immense suffering and the journey of a refugee: analyzing Candide

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Candide, Voltaire, refugees

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Voltaire’s Candide is a novel that explores how individuals suffer from moving from one place to another. The objective of this essay will be to analyze Candide the main character who suffers enormously by not being able to find a home and Cunegonde his beloved from the novel Candide and, to examine how their experiences are similar to the life of a refugee. Candide relates to the journey of a refugee because a refugee must escape from chaos in his or her country to sustain life itself. Candide also shares a similar experience in that he endures this kind of suffering as well. Similarly, Cunegonde also suffered enormously in the hands of the Bulgars who invaded the Castle of Thunder-Ten-Tronckh which led to her getting stabbed and more. Ultimately, Candide and Cunegonde finally settle in the Garden of Eden which is a peaceful and safe place for them to live and their suffering ceases in this place.

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Presented April 25, 2017 at the Interdisciplinary Dialogue Student Conference held at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta.

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