Analysis Of Tom Stoppard 's Arcadia Essay

1376 Words Nov 29th, 2016 6 Pages
The earliest stone tool, created in Ethiopia 2.33 mya , marked the beginning of the struggle for control within mankind (Kimbel and Johanson 449). Born with an innate knowledge, and from “the beginning […], knowing almost nothing” (Arcadia,1.4. 47), human beings’ blissful ignorance of reality limits knowledge. With the opportunity to discover new knowledge one is able to gain experience from both the self and the universe. Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, is a colourful comedy with dreary undertones. Arcadia explores the formation and circulation of knowledge. Almost every character in Arcadia is in pursuit of some type of knowledge. Bernard and Hannah are proceeding towards knowledge of the humanities. Septimus, Thomasina, and Valentine are hunting for knowledge of the world from a scientific perspective. In particular Thomasina Coverly, as a precocious young woman, has an internal drive for pondering new ideas leading to new discoveries. Her death, like a feather taken by a breeze, alludes in any moment life’s course may deviate. The way things are known and the way things really are is what has been questioned in Arcadia. Thomasina’s role highlights the limitations of scientific prediction. The play highlights the fact desire creates chaos, and the outcomes of life can be impossible to control.
Arcadia integrates two stories, set in the same room, of the same house, in two time periods. The plot reveals the way human beings attempt to shape the landscape between order and chaos.…

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