# Newton’S Law Of Thermodynamics In Arcadia . Not All Relationships

1948 WordsMay 9, 20178 Pages
Newton’s Law of Thermodynamics in Arcadia Not all relationships between people are smooth and it is common for interactions to become disrupted if people do not agree with one another. In the play Arcadia by Tom Stoppard, many relationships between characters living together at Derbyshire tend to fall into despair due to disagreements and characters acting against one another. This concept of situations falling into chaos can be explained by a famous physics discovery known as the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which Stoppard finds important to reference throughout the play. Stoppard mentions the Second Law of Thermodynamics in Arcadia as a way of explaining the complexity of the relationships between characters living at Derbyshire using…show more content…
By this time, it is a famous discovery known as the Second Law of Thermodynamics. He says, “But with heat – friction – a ball breaking a window—it won’t work backwards. She saw why. You can put back the bits of glass but you can’t collect up the heat of the smash. It’s gone” (Stoppard 98). It is interesting because later in the play when the setting is the modern era, Valentine discovers that what Thomasina was describing in her essay was this law. When she speaks of the rice pudding she is referencing this law. However, this seems to be a recurring concept throughout the play. Things continuously fall into disaster with all the different relationships that are taking place at Derbyshire between both in the modern era and in the 1800’s. People are acting in their natural state by interacting with one another at Derbyshire and because of that, things become complicated and fall out of order. Stoppard finds it important to foreshadow this law early in the play with Thomasina and Septimus and then follow it up in the present day with Valentine showing actual numerical data about this concept. It is evident that there may be some deeper connection between this law and the overall message of the play. How could studying this law help me to better understand the complexity of the many relationships in