The Cultural and Intellectual Experience
The story took place in 1905 in Quebec City, Canada. Given the timeframe of the story, children and women could still be found commonly working in factories and had far fewer rights than they possess today. This somber city is visited by the famously prestigious actress Sarah Bernhardt, and she inspires a local preist-in-training to follow his passion for the theater. The main message conveyed through this play is to be proud of your rebellion against the norm and to follow your heart. Before attending the performance, I had never even heard of the play, much less any of the specific issues surrounding it. The play did a great job of backing up some of the ideas I had about some of the issues discussed in the play, such as sexual abuse within the Catholic church, lack of protective laws for women, children, and factory workers, journalists framing issues incorrectly, and Catholicism intertwining with society. The subject matter discussed within the play hardly connect with my own life, given that I'm not Catholic, a child, a woman, nor a celebrity. However, the main message that tells viewers to follow their passions could be applied to my life if I ever happen to find myself at such an ultimatum.