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Arcadia the perfect marriage of idea and high comedy Throughout Tom Stoppards Arcadia intellectual ideas and themes are explored Set in two contrasting timeframes it shows history in the making and history in the discovering - both by groups of mostly highly enlightened individuals However mixed in with humour and irony the play is made lighter more enjoyable and more accessible to the average audience Scene seven is the central point of the play Seemingly the climax it is chaotic but more significant that way as it concludes central themes and ties up loose ends such as the Sidley Hermit Stoppard shows his competence and understanding of using theatrical methods particularly in this scene The device of combining the two time frames is designed to add confusion but also bring the two times and people together showing that even though these individuals were born more than a hundred years apart they are still very similar Although fashion and society has changed human nature has remained the same Gus is a key character here Playing the parts of Augustus Thomasinas younger brother in the 1800s and Gus in the 1900s Chloe and Valentines brother of the same age and family Although these characters contrast greatly there is once again a reminder that human nature is basically the same Maybe the most obvious theme in the book is the acquisition of knowledge Most characters in the book are in pursuit if this so the scene is set There are many examples of comedy and ideas in this play that are strongly linked Sexual attraction plays a large part in the comedy sector Bernard and Chloe Septimus Mrs Chater Lady Croom and even Thomasina and Gus fall prey to it These feelings often cause awkwardness between characters This is intended as Stoppard wants to emphasise the point that Chloe makes the universe is deterministic alrightthe only thing going wrong is
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