The culture of France is everlasting and endearing. A flair for the arts and drama captivated French audiences leading to an encore style recognition around the world.
One name in particular evokes tremendous nostalgia of talent, emotion and depth. He stands as a tribute to the ancients lending a hand across the bridge from an era’s past to the theaters today. Those who follow theatrical tidings are well aware of who Voltaire is. His legendary mark on the Theater community has yet to sway underneath another. His works have been noted as magnifique while enlivening a piece of history that was thought to be lost forever. As with any drama, Voltaire was not without his triumphs and tribulations. From troubles in his personal life to evolved treachery, Voltaire managed to stay in the hearts of both the audience and the theater.
In the Interest of Voltaire
He was born in Paris under the name Francois Marie Arouet in the year 1694. He lived a middle-class life which in these times meant their family did not starve, yet they did not prosper as Kings either. He was ahead of his time and keenly observational. Known for having a rebellious spirit, he began to notice the exchanges and interactions of the world around him. With a critical voice, he did not disappoint to share his thoughts with others. He changed his name from Francois to Voltaire upon his writing of Oedipe when he was nineteen years old.
Voltaire was deemed as a philosopher for his stand on humanity and morality. His works portrayed tragedies that ranged from fictional to mythological, yet could be determined as a truth hidden behind the stage. He had seen his fair share of unjustly moments, was imprisoned and banished from France for a period of time. This led to his travels and seeing the distinctions between the place he called home and the rest of the world.
Voltaire Over the Years
Voltaire became a success despite the critical reception his works received. Perhaps he was advanced in his thinking or a translation of his writings could be descriptive of a real-life scandal. His pieces remind us of the choice one has between conforming to the common and having our own voice. He chose to maintain his stance on his surroundings which eventually led him to privileged company. He found himself being included with the distinguished of the period and regaining favor of his home country.
With his own theories, Voltaire was a pioneer for the liberation and equality. He wrote over two dozen plays with a majority of his focus on the tragic side of matters. A stint of comedy was written; however, he is most remembered for his classic non chalance and opposition to the mainstream. With a warm albeit unexpected welcome back into the arms of Paris, Voltaire ended his crusade in the year 1778 passing the light of his noble thoughts through his works that continue to be appreciated today.