Discuss the Representation of Human Nature in Arcadia by Tom Stoppard

Topics: Universe, Science, Human Pages: 2 (504 words) Published: May 9, 2009
Striving for perfection is both inevitable yet totally useless, we, as humans naturally will strive for perfection yet will fail to reach it because humans are designed to be flawed. Perfection and the pursuit of it would supposably make us better. Women aim for having the “perfect” lifestyle with a family and white picket fence, just because we would be seen as “better” people. Arcadia by definition means paradise; the connotations involved with paradise are perfection and utopia, “Et in arcadia ego!” “Here I am in Arcadia.” Thus meaning here I am in paradise. Intertextual links of the biblical story Adam and Eve occur throughout Arcadia. The prop of the apple that is consistently on stage during the entire production reinforces this. Adam and Eve had a utopia lifestyle although basic human flaws that we all possess took control and they forbade Gods law and were evicted, thus leaving all human kind to perish in a harsh world. This story seeming to be from the dawn of time supports the idea that humans are fundamentally flawed by human nature. Due to the fact that these intertextual links are found in Arcadia and that the play itself is named Arcadia demonstrates that human nature is represented as flawed throughout the play. Striving for perfection is human nature but because of our flaws it is futile to persist because perfection will never be reached, by natural law we will only ever come close. Humans use knowledge in order to explain the universe in both rational and more human terms. It is human nature to believe that this is necessary because it is hard to admit that there is no greater purpose for us and that our existent is futile in the great scheme of things. In Arcadia both science and literature are used in order for the characters to cope with the unknown and deal with the impending death of the universe and ourselves. Science explains the world in rational terms, as explained in the play as the second law of thermodynamics. “Listen you know how...
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