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Candide 2

Candide: seminar 2

1. Complete your diagram / map of the Eldorado episode and bring it to the class.

2. The End of the Novel

How are we to interpret the final chapter?

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3. Assessing the text as a whole

  • Explore the motif of the journey and the idea of travel in this text. POLLY, ANDY, FAZ
  • Explore the role of Candide’s various mentor figures. Does he learn anything from them? Is this a didactic text (are we as readers encouraged to learn as we read?) PETER, JORDAN
  • To what extent is Candide a sceptical work? Can you find any similarities with Montaigne in this respect?
  • How useful is the article ‘Teaching Candide-A Debate’,by Theodore E. D. Braun, Felicia Sturzer, and Martine Darmon Meyer, The French Review, Vol. 61, No. 4 (March 1988), pp. 569-577 Stable URL: .
    • Do you favour an insider or outsider approach to the text?


What about other ways of reading Candide? René Pomeau wrote a chapter on the usefulness of Marx and Freud for an understanding of the text. How do you think this would work? What merits might there be in doing a feminist reading of Candide? A queer reading? Postcolonial? Can you think of others? See the Candide home page for bibliographic details.