Arcadia

by: Tom Stoppard

Suggested Essay Topics

There are numerous twinnings or couplings of people from one time period to another (ex. Gus and Augustus Coverly) in the play. Pick one or two of these pairs and describe the similarities and differences between the two. Why do you think Stoppard made such pairings?

What kinds of knowledge do the characters in Arcadia seek? What conflicts may exist between different kinds of knowledge?

Compare romantic and classic elements of Arcadia. How does the Garden reflect romanticism? What characteristics do the characters in the play attribute to romanticism and classicism?

What progression does Hannah Jarvis make during the play? Does she have certain classical or romantic qualities? What kind of knowledge does Hannah value at the beginning of the play? What kind of knowledge does she value at the conclusion of the play?


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