Candide - Voltaire's Writing Style
In Candide, Voltaire uses many writing techniques which can also
be found in the works of Cervantes, Alighieri, Rabelais and Moliere.
The use of the various styles and conventions shows that, despite the
passage of centuries and the language differences, certain writing
techniques will always be effective.
One common literary technique is the author's use of one or more
of his characters as his 'voice' to speak out the authors
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learn the error in their reasoning and adapt themselves to
the author's way of thinking.
From these examples it can be seen how Voltaire, a writer from
the Enlightenment period, uses methods from writers centuries before
him to effectively communicate his point to his contemporary readers.
The times and issues may be quite different, but the writing style
works just as well for him as it did all the way back to the twelfth