Flesh-Devouring; cruel; ravenous; bloody
Carnal knowledge, sexual intercourse; --used especially of an unlawful act on the part of the man
Em*brace", v. t. [Pref. em- (intens.) + brace, v. t.]
Intimate or close encircling with the arms; pressure to the bossom; clasp; hug
to cling to; to cherish; to love
To seize eagerly
"Carnal Embrace is the practice of throwing one's arms around a side of beef."
We created this portion of Arcadia Web in order to better explain the interpersonal relations between the characters. In order for you, as the reader, to fully comprehend and appreciate this complicated work, we have provided you with facts and findings of love, lust, and forbidden embrace!
"We stood tranced in long embraces, Mixed with kisses." -Tennyson
Philadelphia had about 1 prostitute for every 60 people
Monkeys, dolphins, and humans are the only animals who mate for pleasure
Since the beginning of time, humans have been convinced that there is a need for formal unions between two people in order to maintain a healthy relationship in society. As societies evolved, the marriage bond took on increased significance within each culture. With marriage came the idea of monogamy. However, human beings have been engaging in non-monogamous activities throughout history.
Extra-marital affairs: stigmas, causes, and statistics:
-Our historical concern about affairs is evident in the Ten Commandments.
-The fact that affairs are wrong, even considered to be a sin, has been ingrained into us through our social, cultural, and religious upbringings.
-Out of 1400 respondents that have completed a questionnaire, over 90% have reported that the affair is based on emotional needs and not sexual motivation.
How this relates to Arcadia:
Possible reasons include:
Possible results for the scandalous party include:
Thoughts on sex in Arcadia:
Tom Stoppard's tasteful use of sexual inuendo from the very first pages in the script, masterfully drew his twenty-first century audience into Arcadia. Written in the 1990's, the play shows Stoppard's restraint in that he was very tasteful about all mentions of sex. Whereas, most current drama/cinema is less subtle and prefers to hit you in the face with profanity and nudity.
Because of Stoppard's mysterious style, he intrigued readers/viewers for the duration of the play. It is also interesting that instead of scenes that were literally portrayed, there was extensive dialogue mentioning the scandolous activities. In a decade where the smutty talk-show, "Jerry Springer" is highest rated show, we would expect to see the passionate scenes in Arcadia shown in such the same manner. However, Stoppard chose to let each individual visualise for themselves, thus creating a stronger link between the viewer and the play, and at the same time reaching a larger audience. By keeping Arcadia both witty and tasteful, neither the very young, nor the old, would be turned away.
The relationship between Septimus and Thomasina is classic. The dramatic tale of the older/wiser man, trying to seduce/tame the young/innocent, and intriguing adolescent. For some reason, Stoppard was able to make a seemingly incestous relationship into a charming love story. As a viewer, you may not know why, but you are glad to see them dancing in the end.
This page created by Kirby Petersen, Trina Olson, and Courtney Peterson.
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