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The Balance of Knowledge In the play “Arcadia” by Tom Stoppard, Hannah Jarvis is a hardworking scholar who does not allow herself to love or feel emotion about anything other than her work. Hannah escapes attempts by other characters to open her to the ideas of the romantic age, love and feeling, in favor of ideas of the Enlightenment, reason and logic. Throughout the play, the other central characters come to some balance of the ideas as events lead them to discover and accept each kind of thinking. Hannah is no exception, but her change in thinking is not seen until the last image of the play. Hannah’s inherent need for love eventually leaves her unable to deny both ideas. Hannah’s progression from believing only classical ideas to accepting romantic ideas suggests both that she needs a balance of types of knowledge and also that permanently having only one type of knowledge is impossible. Hannah subconsciously desires a balance of types of knowledge throughout he book. At the beginning of the play, Hannah believes academic knowledge is the most
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