Why does Voltaire write in this style? "Candide" by Voltaire
Best known by his nom de plume, or pen-name, Francois-Marie Arouet, criticized his society; in fact, he signed everything "Ecrasez l'in-fame," or "down with infamy." His famous work, "Candide," satirizes the popular philosophy of optimism promulgated by Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibnitz that held that since everything was created by God, and since God is perfect, then everything in the world must be also perfect. When Voltaire initially criticized this philosophy in his poem on the Lisbon earthquake of 1756, the Romantic Henri Rousseu retorted that it was Voltaire who was wrong. Voltaire fired back at Rousseau with his satirical tale of "Candide" in which one disaster follows another; however...
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