Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Real life events play a part in Candide
After hearing some of the presentations in class today, it is really interesting how effectively Candide uses actual historical events that were going on during the time Candide was written. For example, one group talked about what the Bulgars and the Abares stood for. The Bulgars were the Prussians and the Abares were the French. This makes perfect sense as Voltaire is alluding to the Seven Years' War that was going on during the time Candide was written from 1756-1763. Voltaire is able to tie Candide's journey into real life events when he is forced to fight for the Bulgars (Prussians). Voltaire basically writes Candide into the Seven Years' War and provides a tie between the novella and what was going on in the current times back in the 18th century.