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Background information about characters and plot of Candide.

Background information about characters and plot of Candide.

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  • 1. Candide Mr. Brightman & Mr. Bray
  • 2. The Names in Candide :
    • Candide -- From the Latin word candidus: white, pure, honest.
    • Cunegonde -- From the Latin word cunnus: a derogatory term for a woman’s vagina. (Yes, Voltaire was a naughty boy!) Also from St. Kunigunde the wife of Henry II, Duke of Bavaria.
  • 3. Names Continued…
    • Cacambo -- Caca: A child’s term for feces. Also an allusion to the New World items cacao and cacahuete (peanut).
    • Pangloss -- From the Greek pan (all) and glossa (tongue) to mean ‘all tongue’, and imply all talk and no action.
    • There are several other names with special meanings, make sure to read A Note on Names near the beginning of the book.
  • 4. Terms:
    • In the story, Optimism refers to a philosophical school popular at the time of Voltaire’s life, and not the modern day meaning of the word.
    • Optimism -- ‘the best possible world’ or ‘all that is and happens is for the best’
  • 5. Terms:
    • Plot, Character, Setting, and Theme
    • Metaphor and Simile
    • Allusion
    • Satire
    • Tone
    • Point of View
  • 6. Be sure to…
    • Read the Introduction and Annotated Notes
    • Take notes while reading
    • Consider posting notes on the Wikispace. Shakespeare and Voltaire will be on the semester test.
  • 7. Questions? Read Chapters 1-10 for Monday, October 8th