I feel that The Divine: A Play For Sarah Bernhardt touched on so many different aspects and problems within society that it is hard to claim one as being more important than the others. Although, I would say that the central idea is sexual assault and the aftermath of it. Towards the end of the play we learn that the main character, Talbot, as well as many others, has been repeatedly molested by the priest at another church. Along with this, the audience was exposed to themes like the horrors of child labor, the controversy of the arts and theatre, and the fallibility of the Church. Before seeing the play I knew very little about the subject matter at hand. After watching it though, I felt more knowledgable, and understanding of the strife that was endured by many; from dealing with the emotions post-sexual assault, to needing your children to risk, or give, their lives so that they could work and earn money.
Throughout The Divine: A Play For Sarah Bernhardt, there are many small humorous moments that act as a good place for catharsis. This emotional release helps to lighten the play and make it seem not as heavy. Along with this, the play serves as catharsis for the problems of the world. By putting all these heavy things, that nobody likes talking about, on display, it helps to lighten the idea of them, make them easier to talk about and it helps society to work on finding the solution. It also gives us a view of how all these problems could look like, if they were to be played out.