The Enlightenment: Voltaire

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The Enlightenment: Voltaire

Subject: The Enlightenment

Person: Voltaire ( Francois-Marie Arouet )

Basic Information:Voltaire was born on November 21, 1694 in Paris France.He died on May 30, 1778, in Paris.He was a French Philosopher, Historian, and writer.He learned Italian, Latin, Greek, Spanish, and English during His lifetime.

Early life:Voltaire was the youngest of 5 children. He went against his father's wish for him to become a lawyer and became a writer.

John Locke's Influence:Voltaire had many of the same veiws as Locke.He belived in Life, Liberty, and Property. He blieved the government's job was to protect the rights of the people and to focus on the good of the people.

Voltaire knowing he would die soon, said this: "I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition."

His impact on the enlightenment:Voltaire's writing was witty, sarcastic, and used common sense. It caught people's attention and inspired them. Even when imprisoned or exiled he never stopped writing or speaking his mind.

Bastille Prison

Two of Voltaire's plays: Oedipus and Irene.

"Voltairelicous" Youtube video


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