Voltaire’s Candide and Cultivating your Garden The Age of Enlightenment was the period of time when philosophers, intellectuals and authors sought to enlighten society based on the belief that, as expressed by Frances Bacon, human life could be improved through knowledge (“Arts and Humanities” 308). The intellectual European movement began during the 17th century and ultimately ended in the 18th century with the French Revolution. The philosophers of the era believed in the power of human reason and the human rights of liberty, freedom of speech and the freedom from religious persecution. Three events that occurred within a thirty-year time span, demonstrate that with the Age of Enlightenment people began to question absolute dogma as set...The end:
.....dies, but Forrest “cultivates his garden” and raises little Forrest with love and dignity. Both Candide and Forrest are each in their own way, enlightened. Works Cited “Arts and Humanities through the Eras: The Age of the Baroque and Enlightenment (1600-1800).” Philosophy: 308. Print. Dalnekoff, Donna Isaacs. (1974). “El Dorado as an ‘Impossible Dream’.” Readings on Candide. Greenhaven Press, 2001. Print. 64-71. Johnson, Michael. “The Delightful Voltaire: An Anti-Statist for all Time.” The American Spectator July/August 2010: 70. Print. Riley, Patrick. “Voltaire.” Europe, 1450 to 1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World. Ed. Jonathan Dewald. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2004. Print. Voltaire. Candide. Project Gutenberg. 2006. Web.