Overall I really enjoyed Candide. Even if Voltaire suggests a more communistic society, I still admire his effective use of satire. I like how he criticizes the complacency of humanity, the aristocratic "natural" superiority by birth, and the ultimate superficiality of the world. He highlights the corruption of the church through the Baron's melodramatic outbursts. He uses the contradicting philosophies of Pangloss and Martin to underline the rightful medium between the two through Cacambo and the Old Woman. I now understand his parody of the original sin. Believing that man has been cursed from the beginning is not only pessimistic, but also an excuse for allowing evil acts to occur. By separating evil from the original sin, he holds humans accountable for their actions.