How is evil depicted in Voltaire's Candide? The problem of evil Candide
Jessica Pope | Certified Educator
Candide depicts evil as an ever-present force in human history and in an individual lifetime. After being kicked off the property of Baron Thunder-Ten-Tronckh, Candide travels far and wide, encountering the evils of war, violence, cruelty and human suffering. Candide eventually rejects the notion that God created the earth as the best of all possible worlds. He rejects the idea that "everything happens for a reason." In "Candide," Voltaire depicts evil as meaningless but ubiquitous. While he doesn't address the origin of evil (or the question of why God allows/creates evil), he does address the importance of dealing with personal tragedies in ways that maintain dignity and hope.