Saturday, December 12, 2015

Promiscuous Brownies

I was thinking about what we've recently discussed in class, and since we had a party on Friday I guess the last thing said was promiscuous brownies. SO.. in Candide, let's think of all of the promiscuous moments. Well, starting our action was Candide and Cunegonde's promiscuous actions after dinner. So if you think about it, all of the action in Candide was started from one single dirty/incestuous act. I find it really funny, because Ashley's promiscuous brownies were the perfect snack for a post Candide party. Other relations between our party brownies and Candide's plot include, Pangloss's experimental physics and the Baron's relations with the Jesuits. tehe i just wanted to have a post about those brownies.


master123 said...

There is a lot of sexual activity in Candide, not to mention all the frisky priest. Voltaire makes almost all the religious characters in his novella who are suppose to be celebate not celebate. Voltaire is once again making a comment on his society. Voltaire is bringing to light the corruption that was inside of the Catholic and Jesuit churches.

Madison Cummings said...

I would like to point out, also, that a lot of the sexual activity is degrading towards women. Rape is extremely prevalent in the novella, and often it is the men's way of showing their dominance or ownership over the women. The women are really only portrayed as objects in the novella, especially Cunegonde. Her beauty was the only thing that men ever acknowledged about her. I am not sure if Voltaire is criticizing the treatment of women, or if this treatment of women was just so prevalent at that time that nothing about it seemed wrong. I would like to thing it is the first, as I feel like the treatment of women in the novella is so degrading that no one could think that it could be acceptable.

At one point, a man finds the Old Woman lying on the ground (after passing out from watching her mother and maids get ripped limb from limb) and says the words, "Oh, what a misfortune to be without testicles." (this is translated)

First of all, I would like to point out how horrible of a person you would have to be to see this poor disheveled girl and have the first thought in your mind be "Oh no I can't have sex with her!" (because this mad literally does not have testicles because he is a eunuch). But secondly, I think that phrase could be read as Voltaire saying that, in general, it is horrible to be a women (to be without testicles). Now, this could also be taken two ways: does he actually believe that, because he thinks men are better? or is he criticizing the treatment of women and pities them? I am not really sure which way to take it. Does anyone else have an opinion on this?

Cheyenne Dwyer said...

In regards to Madison C's comment, when I read that, I was thinking he was more joking or trying to pay her a cute compliment, but now that i think about it I was being quite silly by thinking that. He just found her in a pile of rape and death and he was like "aw jeez can't bang this tattered hottie" - I suppose I just didn't realized how screwed up that was since she seemed to speak of him in such a fond manner.

Back to the original post, the story is absolutely filled with rape, which from what I understand is Voltaire's way of making light of rape since it was so horrifically common during war time, but if you think about it, there are dozens of instances of rape in the story, mostly to Cunegonde, but only one instance where the sexual relations (i think at least) were reciprocated and it wasn't just rape - that being the experimental physics with Pangloss. So Antonio, I know you were just making a cute blog post that I very much enjoyed, but the charaters weren't being promiscuous at all, they had all of their sexual relations forced upon them without their consent (except maybe Paquette she seemed to have a floozy side but that may have just been something she kinda had to do to keep her position). So really, celebrating in that way was actually kind of cruel.