Candide

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El Dorado Symbol Analysis

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El Dorado represents the kind of world imagined by utopian philosophers. El Dorado might be the “best of all possible worlds,” but at the same time, it is made to seem unbelievable. Even more importantly, El Dorado is inhuman. As we see throughout Candide, and learn explicitly by the end, “man is not born to be idle,” and the happiness of the El Doradans is based on their idleness: they always stay put. El Dorado symbolizes the impossibility of utopian dreams. The novel suggests that the same desires which cause Candide and Cacambo to leave El Dorado would make any utopian society impossible—mankind is too restless.
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