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Why would Candide and Cacambo leave the city of Eldorado when they had everything they...

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costanza | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 13, 2008 at 7:56 PM via web

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Why would Candide and Cacambo leave the city of Eldorado when they had everything they wanted, and Cunegonde was about to marry another man?

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gabriellazoia | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 13, 2008 at 10:12 PM (Answer #1)

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Cacambo faithfully bidded to Candide´s will, and Candide needs to fulfill his selfish heart. He always wants something else, and is never content or grateful for what he has received or still miraculously has, such as his life.

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nicoicario | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 14, 2008 at 4:26 PM (Answer #2)

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Because even though Cunegonde was about to get married to another person and the place where he was was very nice and perfect considering its society, he vainly loved Cunegonde so he wanted to do anything to marry her.

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yasminsilva12 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 14, 2008 at 9:17 PM (Answer #3)

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I believe that they left because they had the thrust to make change, and the noticed that in El dorado everyone was the same because they all believed in the same thing, went to the same places and it was too perfect. I believe that, that is not what candide want to make out of his life.

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MaudlinStreet | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted July 31, 2010 at 2:34 PM (Answer #4)

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Remember that Candide and Cacambo were raised under a different socio-economic system that the citizens of El Dorado. Essentially, they were restless and unfulfilled by the idea of being equal to everyone all the time. Candide of course still yearned for Cunegonde, and he uses that desire as at least one reason for leaving the utopia. But they also have a very material motivation...they want to be rich. Even though they want for nothing in El Dorado, they surmise that if they leave with the jewels and sheep of the country, they will become rich beyond belief. Those who have never seen El Dorado would pay mightily for its riches, and Candide and Cacambo can live better than they ever imagined off the wealth.

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