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Throughout the text, Tom Stoppard¹s novel Arcadia makes a series of philosophical statements regarding the theme of determinism. These statements are developed largely through images and completely different time periods, particularly those of the Romantic and Enlightenment era¹s. Tom Stoppard uses the theme of determinism to show how the ideas of the Romantic era and the present day have gone in a circle. And that even though we get more and more advanced …

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…quote gives us another example of how our beliefs have pretty much stayed the same throughout this time period. Throughout Arcadia, the image of the apple and the garden show the reader how the basic beliefs in society have remained unchanged since the early 1800¹s. In this time cycle that I refer to, a lifetime will pass, and parts of a belief may change, but it is the basic idea that has remained the same.