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Irony in Candide

Irony Examples in Candide:

Chapter XV

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"and we must die sword in hand..."   (Chapter XV)

Candide, being so young and good-natured, has no instinct for self-preservation other than the one to kill. He isn't devious in the way Cacambo or the old woman are, and he can't think on his feet. In a book full of priests, philosophers, nobleman, and Grand Inquisitors, it's ironic that the only people who know how to save themselves are the servants.

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