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Raj Shah on Chapter 10:

Voltaire satirizes the morals of monks in this chapter. Although monks should praise the world and seek only diving things, we meet a thieving monk. Also, the monk enters Cunegonde’s room twice for an inexplicable reason. Perhaps he wanted more than just jewels?

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Raj Shah on Chapter 12:

Through the eunuchs and the old lady, Voltaire introduces extreme adversity into the story. Lust, injustice, and selfishness has caused much despair and hatred in humans throughout the world. The circumstances are so horrible, even death would be welcome, but surprisingly, people prefer life to death. Though many humans hate the lives they live, the old lady says she has only viewed 12 suicides.

Voltaire speaks of two more disasters beyond human control, famine and plague. In this excerpt, it is said that the soldiers turned to cannibalism and ate human flesh. This proves Pangloss’s optimistic views once again.

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