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by Tom Stoppard

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Which characters from Arcadia view the universe in a Romantic way and which view it in a Classical way?

Characters in Arcadia who view the universe in a Romantic way include Richard Noakes and Chloe Coverly, while Hannah Jarvis and Valentine Coverley, view it in a Classical way. Thomasina Coverley, while primarily Classical in outlook, has Romantic flashes.

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As Tom Stoppard’s play mixes up past and present, the playwright also shows how Romantic and Classical views clashed not only in the early 1800s but more than a century later. The Romantic view, which challenged the rationality of Classicism, is developed through characters that include Richard Noakes and Chloe Coverly. A Classical perspective, which is alive and well in the present through intellectuals and scientists such as Hannah Jarvis and Valentine Coverley, is developed for the nineteenth-century characters through Thomasina Coverley.

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