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    What is the philosophical meaning behind the last line of "Candide"?

    Is Voltaire implying that the people of France must be educated and cultivated in order to create a truely great nation...or is he simply asking people to go and tend to the pansies?
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    I'll give you the last paragraph of one of my essays 'cause I'm too lazy to type anything out:

    Quelle solution Voltaire donc propose-t-il ? Martin nous la dit : « Travaillons sans raisonner ; c’est le seul moyen de rendre la vie supportable. » Il faut que l’on soit pragmatique, que l’on fasse quelque chose de concret au lieu de philosopher et de trop penser. Comme Candide dit, « Il faut cultiver notre jardin. » L’allusion au jardin d’Éden est bien évidente, mais ce jardin est la fin de l’histoire, pas le début. Cette fin n’est pas du tout utopique : on pourrait deviner que les personnages éprouveront encore des maux, comme firent Adam et Ève. Le jardin, c’est plus simple que le vrai monde ; la cause et l’effet sont évidents ; on cultive la terre et les plantes germent.

    On y est plus ou moins heureux - « le travail éloigne de nous trois grands maux : l’ennui, le vice et le besoin » mais la misère existe dans le monde en dehors du jardin. Le message de Voltaire est donc clair : créez, travaillez, éprouvez – « Si nous ne trouvons pas des choses agréables, nous trouverons du moins des choses nouvelles. » Voltaire veut aussi nous faire comprendre que chacun apporte quelque chose à la société (par exemple, Cunégonde est devenue laide mais c’est une excellent patissière). C’est cet ensemble de talents qui rend nos vies « supportables ».

    Basically, it's a reference to working instead of philosophising - being useful to society and occupying yourself rather than thinking too much about life, which does little other than depress you and doesn't help society in any useful way.
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    Brilliant stuff....so Voltaire's saying:"OK, we've done the philosophising, now get off your backsides and do some work! Worrying/thinking about things only makes them worse!"...

    Hmm...I can take a lot from that! Thanks!
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    De rien!

    (best of luck with la applicación)
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    Aha! You're an Oxford linguist...
    I know you do German and Russian, but what was your interview experience, and what level were the essays you sent in?? Also, is the written test at interview a large part of the decision??
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    (Original post by che_guevara)
    Aha! You're an Oxford linguist...
    I know you do German and Russian, but what was your interview experience, and what level were the essays you sent in?? Also, is the written test at interview a large part of the decision??
    Take a lil' look at this website:

    http://www.oxbridge-admissions.org.uk/

    My entry is at http://www.oxbridge-admissions.org.u...ow.php?id=1205 if you're interested - that's got all about my personal interview experience, but it does vary from college to college and, indeed, person to person.

    The essays I sent in weren't discussed at all; as far as I understand it, the written test is more important vis-a`-vis the decision.
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    (Original post by Yttrium)
    Take a lil' look at this website:

    http://www.oxbridge-admissions.org.uk/

    My entry is at http://www.oxbridge-admissions.org.u...ow.php?id=1205 if you're interested - that's got all about my personal interview experience, but it does vary from college to college and, indeed, person to person.

    The essays I sent in weren't discussed at all; as far as I understand it, the written test is more important vis-a`-vis the decision.
    Ah thank you, very useful!

    I HOPE i get an interview...i'll be so happy if I do!

    Thanks for the links....great stuff.

    Are you enjoying doing Mod.Langs?
 
 
 
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