Arcadia paragraphs - 29 February 2016#1 Carnal Embrace In the play Arcadia Tom Stoppard explores the motif of carnal embrace\/sex as a connection to his

Arcadia paragraphs - 29 February 2016#1 Carnal Embrace In...

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29 February 2016#1. Carnal EmbraceIn the play “Arcadia,” Tom Stoppard explores the motif of carnal embrace/sex as a connection to his surrounding ideas of knowledge and science. Thomasina opens the play by asking “what is carnal embrace” to her tutor, Septimus Hodge (1). His original answer demonstrates his character’s quick-witted personality, but more importantly, ties into concept of academic knowledge. During her Latin lesson with Septimus, Thomasina reads a poem regardingCleopatra. She berates Cleopatra for making “such noodles of our sex” which reveals her view oflove as a weakness and obstacle to knowledge (42). Sex presents conflicting perceptions betweenRomanticism and Classicism/Enlightenment as Hannah and Bernard establish in their conversations. Hannah reflects Thomasina’s ideas of love by noting the apparent disconnect between intellectual thinking and feelings and calling Romanticism a “sham” (31). Later, Chloë

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