ideals satirized in Candide

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Ideals Satirized by Voltaire in "Candide" Voltaire's Candide is a satire of life before and during the enlightenment period, a black comedy, this story often makes light of religious purgings, executions, the church in general, royalty, government, nobility, ideals of love, war and the country of France. About the only things not mocked are the ideals of true happiness and paradise. The institution of family is mocked when Candide and Cunigonde are caught making-out by …

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…in these times. No one was safe from caos. And those most deserving punishment go free. Satire is a weapon of the writer used to inform his readers of how sick the world really is, and for them not to believe the lies told to them on a daily basis. Sometimes it is neccessary to step back and see what is going on around you, if only to laugh, but more importantly to stay alive.