Arcadia: An Iterated Algorithm

Nature is the embodiment of science and mathematics. From Valentine’s grouse to Thomasina’s leaf to human interactions, mathematics transcend the boundaries of mere numbers and symbols to create patterns that function to explain the universe. Yet, paradoxically, the most constant form of nature is its unpredictability. In his play Arcadia, Tom Stoppard examines this enigma: … Read moreArcadia: An Iterated Algorithm

Arcadia: Split Significance

The parallel and overall relation of time is a phenomenon that has been explored from both creative and philosophical perspectives. By forming a connection between the impacts of action, in hand with the various possible outcomes, Tom Stoppard creates a dramatic piece that challenges the very basis of human life itself. Stoppard’s thrilling drama, Arcadia, … Read moreArcadia: Split Significance

Order and Disorder in Tom Stoppard’s ‘Arcadia’

In Arcadia, Tom Stoppard presents a dynamic interplay of order and disorder that exists ‘eternally and creatively’ (Demastes 91). Order is generally associated with laws, structure, control, and in the play, it is exemplified by the Classical temperament, corresponding also to Newtonian science. Its antithesis is Romanticism, which is exemplified by disorder, emotions and intuition, … Read moreOrder and Disorder in Tom Stoppard’s ‘Arcadia’

Ars Erotica: Analyzing “Arcadia” and “Eva Luna”

“Language is not a neutral instrument.”[1] Literature is never without an ideology, whether intended by the writer, interpreted by the reader, inherent in the language, or implied by the context. Thus, an author or a playwright’s particular manipulation of medium – a particular style – always serves a purpose; the author’s, or the audience’s. The … Read moreArs Erotica: Analyzing “Arcadia” and “Eva Luna”

Human Knowledge in Hawksmoor and Arcadia: A Comparison

Hannah, a character from Arcadia, asserts, “It’s all trivial…it’s wanting to know that makes us matter”, a statement which suggests that the need for knowledge is an essential part of human nature. Stoppard and Ackroyd explore this concept through themes such as emotion vs. Intellect, the concept of ignorance, learning and teaching and the effect … Read moreHuman Knowledge in Hawksmoor and Arcadia: A Comparison

The relationship between science and love in Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia”

Tom Stoppard is famous for the wit and intellectual appeal of his creations, and Arcadia perfectly fulfills these characteristics. Stoppard has the capacity to exquisitely present the most simple, yet important things in life. The play is uniquely structured, utilizing complex mathematical theorems and numerous historical references that reveal myriad themes, while juxtaposing the past … Read moreThe relationship between science and love in Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia”

Principles of Narrative, and Principles of Mathematics and Science, in Stoppard’s ‘Arcadia’

Arcadia, written in 1993 by Tom Stoppard, is concerned with the relationship between order and disorder, past and present, and certainty and uncertainty. The action is split between two timelines unravelling in a room of an English manor house, Sidley Park, almost two hundred years apart. The first narrative depicts the bright daughter of the … Read morePrinciples of Narrative, and Principles of Mathematics and Science, in Stoppard’s ‘Arcadia’