What are we to make of the many terrible things that happen to Candide?

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As Candide opens, its main character is living a sheltered existence, unaware of the harshness of the larger world. (However, this is not to say that these larger themes of injustice and irrationality are not already present even in that first chapter. Consider the perception of Candide himself, deemed as possessing insufficient noble status, to see how the very idea of nobility has been warped to the point of absurdity.) However, after Candide's expulsion, he...

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