Arcadia by Tom Stoppard Shows The Dangers and Chaos and Absolute Knowledge

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While Arcadia by Tom Stoppard is a play that intertwines a lot of humor with mathematical and scientific reasoning, it also conveys a message regarding the dangers and chaos of absolute knowledge. Much of what occurs in Acadia relates to the article The Dangers of Certainty: A Lesson From Auschwitz written Simon Critchley. In today’s modern society, Stoppard’s play is about why scientists proceed in researching concepts that yield nothing; it is about why people associate themselves with endearment in face of the disruption that it can cause. The characters in the play struggle, and often fail in their attempts for certainty, falling into irritation with others. Humans, by nature, are constantly seeking definite answers; a mentality that allows one to address an issue, find a solution, and continue on. Humans have a hard time accepting that, sometimes, there are things for which one will never have a definite answer. As the author, Simon Critchley, states, “Insisting on certainty, by contrast, leads ineluctably to arrogance and dogma based on ignorance.” This can be seen in many instances throughout the play, where many of the characters grow very irritated; Bernard, for instance, tries to prove his theory that Byron killed Ezra Chater. In his attempt, he grows ineluctably arrogant, especially when he finds that he is indeed wrong, and fails at his quest for certainty: “Fucked by dahlia! Do you think? Is it open and shut? Am i fucked? What does it really amount to? When

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