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Unformatted text preview: Gomez​ ​1 Gustavo​ ​Gomez Hum​ ​105 Jennifer​ ​Saito 16​ ​October​ ​2017 Knowledgeable Ignorance​ ​is​ ​bliss,​ ​or​ ​at​ ​least​ ​that’s​ ​what​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​people​ ​choose​ ​to​ ​believe.​ ​However, when​ ​it​ ​comes​ ​to​ ​knowing​ ​the​ ​truth,​ ​there​ ​are​ ​multiple​ ​ways​ ​one​ ​can​ ​go​ ​about​ ​it.​ ​ ​There​ ​is​ ​the hard​ ​undeniable​ ​evidence,​ ​and​ ​then​ ​there’s​ ​the​ ​“hunch.”​ ​Intuition​ ​is​ ​a​ ​natural​ ​human​ ​process.​ ​It let​ ​us​ ​come​ ​to​ ​conclusions​ ​without​ ​hard​ ​evidence​ ​or​ ​logical​ ​thoughts.​ ​Personal​ ​experiences​ ​often shape​ ​the​ ​way​ ​one’s​ ​“hunch”​ ​functions.​ ​For​ ​example,​ ​in​ ​a​ ​certain​ ​situation​ ​where​ ​intuition​ ​would be​ ​obvious​ ​is​ ​when​ ​someone​ ​feels​ ​like​ ​they’re​ ​being​ ​lied​ ​to​ ​and​ ​can’t​ ​let​ ​that​ ​feeling​ ​go.​ ​Intuition is​ ​mostly​ ​used​ ​when​ ​there’s​ ​is​ ​not​ ​much​ ​information​ ​to​ ​go​ ​off​ ​of.​ ​Knowledge​ ​acquired​ ​through evidence-based​ ​reasoning​ ​can​ ​be​ ​justified​ ​to​ ​anyone.​ ​ ​For​ ​some​ ​people,​ ​this​ ​is​ ​the​ ​only​ ​way they’ll​ ​believe​ ​someone.​ ​Acquiring​ ​knowledge​ ​is​ ​different​ ​for​ ​everyone.​ ​ ​It’s​ ​almost​ ​like comparing​ ​a​ ​Classical​ ​vs​ ​Romantic​ ​person.​ ​ ​The​ ​classical​ ​person​ ​will​ ​chose​ ​to​ ​go​ ​the​ ​evidence based​ ​route,​ ​while​ ​to​ ​romantic​ ​person​ ​will​ ​be​ ​satisfied​ ​if​ ​they​ ​feel​ ​in​ ​their​ ​gut​ ​that​ ​what​ ​someone is​ ​telling​ ​them​ ​is​ ​true.​ ​All​ ​in​ ​all,​ ​knowledge​ ​is​ ​different​ ​to​ ​everybody.​ ​ ​Some​ ​may​ ​feel​ ​like​ ​they constantly​ ​need​ ​to​ ​be​ ​pursuing​ ​more​ ​and​ ​more,​ ​while​ ​others​ ​truly​ ​believe​ ​ignorance​ ​is​ ​bliss.​ ​In the​ ​end,​ ​what​ ​matters​ ​is​ ​what​ ​each​ ​person​ ​chooses​ ​to​ ​believe,​ ​whether​ ​that’s​ ​through​ ​hard evidence​ ​or​ ​simple​ ​intuition.​ ​ ​We​ ​can​ ​see​ ​this​ ​being​ ​demonstrated​ ​through​ ​multiple​ ​characters​ ​in Arcadia. Gomez​ ​2 In​ ​the​ ​play​ ​Arcadia,​ ​by​ ​Tom​ ​Stoppard​ ​he​ ​uses​ ​the​ ​gardens​ ​as​ ​a​ ​tool​ ​to​ ​distinguish​ ​the differences​ ​between​ ​romantic​ ​and​ ​classical​ ​characters.​ ​ ​The​ ​two​ ​characters​ ​that​ ​I​ ​decided​ ​to analyze​ ​are​ ​Thomasiana​ ​and​ ​Bernad.​ ​Thomasiana​ ​is​ ​living​ ​in​ ​the​ ​1700’s​ ​ ​century​ ​while​ ​Bernard in​ ​the​ ​modern​ ​times.​ ​ ​At​ ​the​ ​beginning​ ​of​ ​the​ ​play​ ​Thomasina​ ​is​ ​a​ ​young​ ​intelligent​ ​thirteen​ ​year old​ ​and​ ​later​ ​in​ ​the​ ​play​ ​she​ ​is​ ​sixteen.​ ​As​ ​she​ ​is​ ​transforming​ ​from​ ​her​ ​childhood​ ​to​ ​the adulthood,​ ​she​ ​is​ ​questioning​ ​ ​things​ ​of​ ​an​ ​adulthood​ ​life.​ ​For​ ​example​ ​she​ ​questions​ ​her​ ​tutor Septimus​ ​at​ ​the​ ​beginning​ ​of​ ​the ​play.​ ​ ​“Septimus,​ ​what​ ​is​ ​carnal​ ​embrace?”​ ​(Pg​ ​4).​ ​Carnal embrace​ ​is​ ​referring​ ​to​ ​sexual​ ​knowledge.​ ​ ​Thomasina​ ​is​ ​at​ ​the​ ​borderline​ ​of​ ​knowing​ ​sexual knowledge,​ ​but​ ​she​ ​stills​ ​asks​ ​since​ ​she​ ​doesn't​ ​really​ ​know​ ​everything​ ​about​ ​it.​ ​What​ ​stuck​ ​out to​ ​me​ ​was​ ​that​ ​she​ ​asked​ ​Septimius​ ​about​ ​sex​ ​instead​ ​of​ ​her​ ​mother.​ ​Typically,​ ​a​ ​young​ ​girl​ ​gets most​ ​of​ ​her​ ​life​ ​knowledge​ ​from​ ​her​ ​mother.​ ​In​ ​today's​ ​generation​ ​kids​ ​are​ ​well​ ​informed​ ​about sex​ ​through​ ​education​ ​in​ ​schools​ ​and​ ​the​ ​internet.​ ​Kids​ ​around​ ​her​ ​age​ ​are​ ​very​ ​curious​ ​about sex.​ ​She​ ​gets​ ​very​ ​in​ ​depth​ ​about​ ​learning​ ​new​ ​things.​ ​She’s​ ​very​ ​careful​ ​about​ ​her​ ​knowledge​ ​of life.​ ​Sometimes​ ​she​ ​can​ ​ask​ ​the​ ​most​ ​random​ ​questions.​ ​She​ ​even​ ​starts​ ​to​ ​question​ ​the​ ​law​ ​of physics​ ​at​ ​such​ ​a​ ​young​ ​age.​ ​For​ ​example​ ​in​ ​scene​ ​one​ ​she​ ​said, “When​ ​you​ ​stir​ ​your​ ​rice​ ​pudding,​ ​Septimus,​ ​the​ ​spoonful​ ​of​ ​jam​ ​spreads​ ​itself​ ​round making​ ​red​ ​trails​ ​like​ ​the​ ​picture​ ​of​ ​a​ ​meteor​ ​in​ ​my​ ​astronomical​ ​atlas.​ ​But​ ​if​ ​you​ ​stir backward,​ ​the​ ​jam​ ​will​ ​not​ ​come​ ​together​ ​again.​ ​Indeed,​ ​the​ ​pudding​ ​does​ ​not​ ​notice​ ​and continues​ ​to​ ​turn​ ​pink​ ​just​ ​as​ ​before.​ ​Do​ ​you​ ​think​ ​this​ ​is​ ​odd?”​ ​(Pg​ ​8) Through​ ​this​ ​passage,​ ​Thomasina​ ​reveals​ ​where​ ​she​ ​stands​ ​in​ ​terms​ ​of​ ​her​ ​maturity.​ ​ ​She​ ​feels like​ ​she​ ​knows​ ​there​ ​is​ ​more​ ​to​ ​every​ ​question​ ​she​ ​has,​ ​but​ ​doesn’t​ ​know​ ​enough​ ​to​ ​where​ ​she doesn’t​ ​have​ ​to​ ​ask​ ​random,​ ​abstract​ ​questions.​ ​ ​In​ ​some​ ​ways,​ ​she’s​ ​still​ ​living​ ​in​ ​ignorance, Gomez​ ​3 while​ ​the​ ​fact​ ​that​ ​she​ ​asks​ ​such​ ​questions​ ​shows​ ​her​ ​thinking​ ​goes​ ​deeper.​ ​ ​It​ ​demonstrates​ ​that she’s​ ​on​ ​the​ ​border​ ​of​ ​knowing​ ​and​ ​not​ ​knowing.​ ​She​ ​can​ ​chose​ ​to​ ​believe​ ​something​ ​through the​ ​evidence,​ ​jam​ ​spreading​ ​in​ ​a​ ​certain​ ​way,​ ​or​ ​intuition,​ ​believing​ ​that​ ​if​ ​the​ ​pot​ ​is​ ​stirred​ ​the opposite​ ​way,​ ​the​ ​jam​ ​will​ ​not​ ​come​ ​together.​ ​It’s​ ​really​ ​about​ ​deciding​ ​what​ ​she​ ​wants​ ​to believe,​ ​and​ ​how​ ​much​ ​she​ ​wants​ ​to​ ​question​ ​something.Throughout​ ​the​ ​plot,​ ​we​ ​see​ ​Thomasina using​ ​her​ ​intuition​ ​to​ ​pursue​ ​evidence​ ​based​ ​knowledge.​ ​ ​For​ ​example,​ ​we​ ​see​ ​this​ ​when​ ​it​ ​comes to​ ​geometry.​ ​ ​She​ ​doesn’t​ ​like​ ​that​ ​there​ ​are​ ​limitations,​ ​and​ ​thus​ ​uses​ ​her​ ​intuition​ ​to​ ​make herself​ ​believe​ ​there​ ​is​ ​more​ ​to​ ​it.​ ​ ​She​ ​wants​ ​hard​ ​proof​ ​of​ ​the​ ​truth.​ ​ ​We​ ​began​ ​to​ ​see​ ​more​ ​of the​ ​limbo​ ​land​ ​Thomasina​ ​lives​ ​in​ ​towards​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​play.​ ​ ​She’s​ ​living​ ​between​ ​innocence and​ ​experience.​ ​ ​She​ ​never​ ​truly​ ​crosses​ ​over​ ​to​ ​the​ ​“experience”​ ​side,​ ​as​ ​she​ ​tragically​ ​died​ ​just before​ ​turning​ ​seventeen. The​ ​second​ ​character​ ​being​ ​analyzed​ ​is​ ​Bernard.​ ​ ​He’s​ ​a​ ​young​ ​man​ ​in​ ​his​ ​thirties​ ​seeking information​ ​on​ ​Hannah.​ ​Bernard​ ​demonstrates​ ​that​ ​he​ ​is​ ​the​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​man​ ​that​ ​is​ ​constantly seeking​ ​information​ ​and​ ​facts,​ ​and​ ​in​ ​doing​ ​so,​ ​he​ ​feels​ ​the​ ​need​ ​to​ ​impose​ ​it​ ​on​ ​those​ ​around him.​ ​ ​In​ ​scene​ ​five​ ​Berand​ ​once​ ​argued,​ ​“If​ ​a​ ​duel​ ​was​ ​fought​ ​in​ ​the​ ​dawn​ ​mist​ ​of​ ​Sidley​ ​Park​ ​in 1809,​ ​his​ ​opponent,​ ​on​ ​the​ ​evidence,​ ​was​ ​a​ ​critic​ ​with​ ​a​ ​gift​ ​for​ ​ridicule​ ​and​ ​taste​ ​of​ ​seduction.” (Pg​ ​79).​ ​ ​Although​ ​we​ ​know​ ​this​ ​isn't​ ​true,​ ​Bernard​ ​is​ ​the​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​man​ ​that​ ​is​ ​so​ ​blinded​ ​by​ ​the hard​ ​evidence​ ​that​ ​he​ ​fails​ ​to​ ​pay​ ​attention​ ​to​ ​his​ ​intuition.​ ​He​ ​demonstrates​ ​the​ ​classical​ ​side​ ​of the​ ​argument.​ ​ ​In​ ​order​ ​to​ ​believe​ ​something,​ ​he​ ​must​ ​have​ ​a​ ​thought​ ​out,​ ​logical​ ​thought​ ​process behind​ ​it.​ ​His​ ​constant​ ​search​ ​for​ ​the​ ​truth,​ ​or​ ​more​ ​so​ ​his​ ​theory​ ​of​ ​how​ ​Lord​ ​Byron​ ​killed​ ​Ezra demonstrates​ ​exactly​ ​the​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​classical​ ​man​ ​he​ ​is.​ ​ ​Through​ ​his​ ​journey​ ​to​ ​find​ ​the​ ​truth,​ ​he Gomez​ ​4 needs​ ​evidence,​ ​he​ ​needs​ ​a​ ​tangible​ ​truth.​ ​ ​In​ ​the​ ​end,​ ​his​ ​theory​ ​is​ ​not​ ​accurate​ ​at​ ​all,​ ​and​ ​he​ ​fails to​ ​recognize​ ​this.​ ​ ​Bernard​ ​fails​ ​to​ ​see​ ​his​ ​own​ ​failures.​ ​He​ ​feels​ ​humiliated. Thomasina​ ​park​ ​would​ ​be​ ​very​ ​unique​ ​compared​ ​to​ ​other​ ​characters.​ ​Since​ ​she​ ​is incredibly​ ​smart​ ​and​ ​loves​ ​geometry​ ​her​ ​garden​ ​would​ ​have​ ​lots​ ​of​ ​geometrical​ ​shapes. Thomasina​ ​once​ ​said,​ ​“God's​ ​truth,​ ​Septimus,if​ ​there​ ​is​ ​an​ ​equation​ ​for​ ​a​ ​curve​ ​like​ ​a​ ​bell,​ ​there must​ ​be​ ​an​ ​equation​ ​for​ ​one​ ​like​ ​a​ ​bluebell,​ ​and​ ​if​ ​a​ ​bluebell,​ ​why​ ​not​ ​a​ ​rose?​ ​Do​ ​we​ ​believe nature​ ​is​ ​written​ ​in​ ​numbers?”​ ​(Pg​ ​51).​ ​This​ ​demonstrates​ ​that​ ​she​ ​wants​ ​math​ ​to​ ​be​ ​involved​ ​in the​ ​real​ ​world.​ ​ ​ ​Since​ ​Thomasina​ ​is​ ​very​ ​curious​ ​young​ ​girl,​ ​her​ ​garden​ ​entrance​ ​would​ ​be​ ​very mysterious​ ​entrance​ ​to​ ​the​ ​unknown.​ ​Since​ ​Thomasiana​ ​has​ ​a​ ​romantic​ ​temperament​ ​within​ ​her, her​ ​garden​ ​would​ ​be​ ​very​ ​layed​ ​out.​ ​Overall​ ​the​ ​garden​ ​will​ ​have​ ​lots​ ​of​ ​grass​ ​all​ ​over​ ​and​ ​have​ ​a square​ ​shape​ ​look,​ ​since​ ​she's​ ​very​ ​mathematical.​ ​Once​ ​you​ ​enter​ ​the​ ​garden​ ​you​ ​won't​ ​see much.​ ​You​ ​first​ ​start​ ​off​ ​with​ ​maze​ ​and​ ​that​ ​maze​ ​takes​ ​you​ ​to​ ​diffrent​ ​type​ ​of​ ​neoclassical buildings​ ​in​ ​the​ ​park.​ ​The​ ​only​ ​way​ ​you​ ​can​ ​see​ ​a​ ​good​ ​view​ ​of​ ​the​ ​whole​ ​park​ ​would​ ​be​ ​aerial footage.​ ​The​ ​mazes​ ​connecting​ ​the​ ​neoclassical​ ​buildings​ ​would​ ​be​ ​very​ ​geometrical​ ​but romantic​ ​at​ ​the​ ​same​ ​time.​ ​ ​This​ ​garden​ ​would​ ​be​ ​similar​ ​too​ ​Joan​ ​parc​ ​laberinto​ ​de​ ​horta.​ ​The most​ ​nature​ ​feel​ ​about​ ​the​ ​garden​ ​would​ ​be​ ​on​ ​the​ ​outside​ ​of​ ​the​ ​garden.​ ​Although​ ​a​ ​romantic park​ ​is​ ​very​ ​layed​ ​out​ ​,​ ​the​ ​garden​ ​of​ ​Thomasian​ ​has​ ​dark​ ​green​ ​trees​ ​line​ ​up​ ​perfectly​ ​and flowers​ ​all​ ​over​ ​the​ ​side​ ​of​ ​the​ ​walking​ ​path.​ ​As​ ​we​ ​know​ ​a​ ​romantic​ ​park​ ​has​ ​the​ ​overgrown look,​ ​Thomasina’s​ ​garden​ ​would​ ​look​ ​very​ ​manicured​ ​since​ ​she​ ​seems​ ​to​ ​want​ ​everything​ ​to look​ ​perfect.​ ​ ​At​ ​the​ ​edges​ ​of​ ​the​ ​park,​ ​four​ ​ ​water​ ​fountains​ ​made​ ​out​ ​of​ ​rocks​ ​would​ ​be​ ​place​ ​to add​ ​the​ ​romantic​ ​vibe.​ ​ ​This​ ​is​ ​the​ ​garden​ ​Thomasina​ ​would​ ​have​ ​in​ ​the​ ​back​ ​of​ ​her​ ​house because​ ​it's​ ​a​ ​very​ ​mysterious​ ​mathematical​ ​park.​ ​You​ ​won't​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​distinguish​ ​ ​what​ ​type​ ​of Gomez​ ​5 park​ ​it​ ​is​ ​until​ ​you're​ ​in​ ​there.​ ​At​ ​the​ ​beginning​ ​I​ ​thought​ ​Thomasiana​ ​was​ ​very​ ​innocent,​ ​smart young​ ​girl,​ ​but​ ​at​ ​the​ ​end​ ​she​ ​turned​ ​very​ ​romantic​ ​grown​ ​up​ ​woman.​ ​ ​She​ ​even​ ​ended​ ​up​ ​kissing Septimus​ ​at​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​play. To​ ​conclude,​ ​intuitive​ ​knowledge​ ​is​ ​used​ ​for​ ​two​ ​main​ ​purposes:​ ​drawing​ ​a​ ​conclusion with​ ​vague​ ​information,​ ​and​ ​quickly​ ​analyzing​ ​situations​ ​and​ ​objects​ ​related​ ​to​ ​something​ ​a person​ ​is​ ​very​ ​familiar​ ​with.​ ​As​ ​stated​ ​above,​ ​intuition​ ​most​ ​likely​ ​does​ ​not​ ​contradict​ ​knowledge based​ ​on​ ​reason,​ ​but​ ​it​ ​is​ ​a​ ​process​ ​of​ ​both,​ ​logic​ ​and​ ​experience. ...
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