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Arcadia essay - Hannah Jarvis's change from advocating only...

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Hannah Jarvis’s change from advocating only classical ideas to discovering romantic ideas suggests a need for a balance of types of knowledge and that having only one type of knowledge is impossible. Hannah inherently desires a balance of types of knowledge. At the beginning of the play, Hannah believes academic knowledge is the most important. She ignores when Valentine calls her his fiancé and says of love, “I don't know a worse bargain. Available sex against not being allowed to fart in bed” (). She denies the importance of romantic ideas until the end of the play when Gus, the quiet boy of Sidley Park, asks her to dance, “Oh dear I don’t really…(After a moment’s hesitation, she gets up and they hold each other, keeping a decorous distance between them, and start to dance, rather awkwardly)” (97). This dance deters Hannah from her studies and is the only time she is open to romantic ideas. This dance is not provoked by her true love for Gus, she seems to take pity on him, but is representative of her need for love and acceptance of romantic ideas.
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