Discussion Questions: Candide
Hello, Challengers! We’re studying Candide this week, Voltaire’s most widely-read work and possibly the most widely-taught work of French Literature. The work is short, and therefore there are only two topics this week. However, feel free to riff a little in the comments or in a post on your own blog!
- What do you think of the character of Candide? Is he a dolt, or is he at least somewhat sympathetic? Is there any character you either love or absolutely cannot stand? Why?
- Voltaire’s intent is pretty clear: to satirize Leibnizian optimism. But do you think he is as effective as he could be? Why (or why not)?
Remember, if you participate on Thursday, you can be entered to win a Penguin Clothbound Classic! See you in a few days :)