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Throughout the play Arcadia by Tom Stoppard there is a distinct difference between the characters who have a science background and those who do not One of the recurring themes is that those characters and actions of those characters which are against science often lead to conflict and disaster Even those characters that are of logical thinking for the most part are prone to disaster when they let go of this rational thinking and give in to their irrational sideBernard is a main character who is not a scientist and has basically no scientific background From the moment he is introduced he is portrayed as eccentric and odd Here Bernard is described for the first time Bernard the visitor wears a suit and tie His tendency is to dress flamboyantly but he has damped it down for the occasion slightly A peacock-coloured display handkerchief boils over is his breast pocket 73 The term flamboyant refers to his ornate and rather bold outfit and personality He is dressed differently than most other characters and behaves much different as well He is as well one of the most irrational characters of the play Bernard and his constant need to be successful and famous lead him to disaster Throughout the play he acts with little regard to the truth He rarely looks to proof when coming up with ideas and theories He feels that if there is the slightest proof that he is correct then he is able to tell everyone it is the truth He completely disregards the logical way of thinking that theories can be proven wrong He never takes the time to see if his theories can be proven wrong Here Hannah shows her dismay with Bernards irrational behaviorYou havent established it was fought You havent established it was Byron For Gods sake Bernard you havent established Byron was even there 50Hannah tries to tell Bernard that he hasnt discovered enough evidence to publish his
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