Can someone please explain the significance of the el'dorado sequence and how it contrasts to the rest of the world in Candide?

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Voltaire's Candide is a satire of the philosophy of optimism as argued by Leibniz during the Enlightenment. Candide's mentor, Pangloss, is a caricature of Leibniz; his central tenet is that "all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds." At the conclusion of chapter I when Candide is dismissed from Westphalia, which he had previously believed was "the best of all possible worlds," he sets off on a journey to find this utopia that Pangloss has taught him to so faithfully believe in.

In the early chapters of the novel, Candide falls victim to, witnesses, and hears about all forms of violence and human depravity. As he and his companions eventually leave Europe to sail for "The New World," Candide is confident that the perfect world Pangloss talks about can be found in South America. The closest thing to a utopia in the novel is El Dorado, an isolated city with streets lined with jewels. Candide and his companion stumble upon the city by accident; it is normally unreachable from the...

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