full title · Arcadia
author · Tom Stoppard
type of work · Play
genre · Serio-Comic Modern Drama
language · English
time and place written · 1993, England
date of first publication · 1993
publisher · Faber and Faber, Ltd.
tone · The tone of Arcadia is passionate, yet restrained. While infusing his characters with great emotion, the plot and story are in the style of a classic comedy of errors whereas the characters have a conscious comedic function.
setting (time) · Early nineteenth century and contemporary times
setting (place) · Sidley Park in Derbyshire, England
major conflict · Hannah Jarvis attempts to reconstruct the stories of Sidley Park.
rising action · Thomasina proposes chaos theory; Hannah researches; Bernard arrives at estate; Hannah and Bernard argue about Bernard's theory; Thomasina pleads for a waltz and kiss from Septimus; Gus gives Hannah Thomasina's drawing
climax · Septimus lights Thomasina's candle
falling action · The couples dance
themes · Emotion versus intellect; the mystery of sex; the path of knowledge
motifs · Fire; sex; mathematics
symbols · Primer; apple; Regency clothes
foreshadowing · Thomasina draws a hermit in Noakes's drawing; Hannah describes the a mind in "chaos suspected of genius"; Chloe tells Hannah Gus is in love with her; Septimus asks Brice where his wife is; Bernard mentions Septimus's tortoise, Plautus; Valentine describes the irreversible motion of heat