1English 1315.00729 November 2011ArcadiaEssayIn his 1993 play Arcadia, Tom Stoppard promotes that a dichotomy of recreation and knowledge, represented in the arts and the sciences, contribute to the whole of a personage. Stoppard conveys the duality through the conflicts of characters intentionally biased toward either art or science.Stoppard embodies the fragility of being solely interested in knowledge in the character of Valentine Coverly. Stoppard ridicules those with a single-minded thirst for discovery by notingValentine’s head-first pursuit. Valentine views advancement as accumulating information, effectively throwing out the influence of people on discoveries. Instead of even bothering to givecredit to mathematical pioneers, Valentine boldly states, “But it doesn’t matter. Personalities. What matters is the calculus. Scientific progress. Knowledge.” Stoppard counters such empty hoarding with an insight from the young Thomasina Coverly, one-hundred-eighty years prior.