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Marie Corriveau HONR 262 24 October 2019 Arcadia Discussion Questions 1. There are two narratives contained within Arcadia , which overlap in space but not in time. What is the function of having these two stories contained within the same play? Does it make the play seem disconnected? If not, how does Stoppard tie the two halves together? 2. There is an implicit and persistent conflict between reason and emotion in Arcadia. Which characters might be said to embody reason and which characters might be said to embody emotion? Does this conflict find any resolution in the play? 3. When talking to Hannah about Thomasina Coverly’s genius, Valentine remarks that quantum theory and the theory of relativity only went so far as to explain “the very big and the very small.” It is the “ordinary-sized stuff,” or rather “the things which people

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