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Love Equals Sex

In Arouet de Voltaires Candide, Candide travels the world to meet many people and see many places. He is not the sharpest pencil in the box and this gives him a unique spin on the adventures he has. During his encounters, love can be seen in many forms. The purpose of this paper is to show that the idea of love is another word for sex in this story. Miss Cunegonde infatuated Candide. Candide had a list of four reasons for his happiness. The first was being Born Baron of Thunder-Ten-Tronckh, the second order was to be Miss Cunegonde, the third was seeing her ever day, (522) and the fourth was listening to Master Pangloss.(522) Two of his four reasons for happiness was contained in the presence of Miss Cunegonde. Candide was also shy. Candide found Miss Cunegonde exceedingly pretty, though he never had the courage to tell her so.(522) So how is it that our hero is equates love and sex?Cunegonde is a different animal. She had in the natural bent for the sciences, she watched breathlessly the repeated experiments which were going on (522), between Pangloss and the chambermaid in the underbrush in the park. I think this foreshadows the event, sex, which would happen between Cunegonde and someone else. She didnt just see it in passing, she stopped and watched it happen multiple times between Pangloss and the chambermaid. So who do you think is our likely partner? Cunegonde made the first move by dropping her handkerchief, this opened the floodgate for our simple hero, Candide. Anything he had been imagining and dreaming about was becoming reality. He got his kiss from his maiden, the one he put on his pedestal. If the Baron had not intervened, Candide and Cunegonde would be having sex, eventually. The irony is Candide is wouldnt be the instigator in sexual relations. Candide carries this picture perfect idea of Cunegonde with him. To Candide, love is a noble idea, however sex is not. Cunegonde is the person who turns Ca...

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