Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Money and Power Do Not Mean Happiness
Being so interested in money myself, I couldn't help but notice Voltaire's views on money and power. When Candide left Eldorado with fortunes beyond belief, it appeared that he had bought his ticket to happiness. Candide obviously found out the hard way that money cannot buy happiness, overcoming countless injuries, threats, and trickeries. Voltaire uses many examples to illustrate the falsities of money. When Candide was robbed, he seemed to be very unhappy, more so than he was at any other point in the story. He also met the Count Pococurante who was a wealthy man. Look what money did to him. Nothing can please the Count now and it would seem that money has caused him to sulk into a state of boredom. Throughout the story after Eldorado it seemed that Candide, though he could often buy his way out of situations, seemed to be in just as many troublesome affairs as when he was without money. In my opinion, the wealth brought more unhappiness into his life and maybe this is Voltaire's point.