Arcadia as a postmodern text

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Arcadia, a typically postmodern play by Tom Stoppard exemplifies this movement through use of the features of postmodernism and by itís ambiguous ending. Some of the features used in the play which demonstrate this include the shifts in time from past to present, concurrent props used sets of both eras, the characters overlapping at the end, parallel characters in both eras and textual references. Its ambiguous ending and satirical style also combine to make …

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…Thomasina and Septimus fluently dance and so do Hannah and Gus, a rather unexpected scene. The last scene is the most confusing and the hardest scene to understand. This is primarily because Stoppard constantly alternates between the two time periods and intermixes dialogue from both. With the use of multiple conversations, the main objective of this scene is to show the viewer the connection between the characters of the nineteenth century and the twentieth century.