he Cultural and Intellectual Experience: Describe how the performance helps you develop a new way of seeing and understanding our own culture. For example: Consider the time and place of the story. What was the central issue addressed in the performance? What did you know about the subject matter before attending performance? How did the performance change your views about the issues described in the performance? Does the subject matter have a relationship to something happening in your own life?
Knowing nothing about this play beforehand, I really took a lot from the central themes of the story. It gave me an entirely new perspective that I had never considered before on how life was like for people who didn't have the same human rights and privileges that I have been lucky enough to live with. Industrial era Quebec is vastly different in lifestyle and ideals than modern day Gainesville is, and I often take for granted my freedom to choose whatever profession I aspire to have and whatever religion I choose to practice and so forth. The central issue addressed in this story was the societal constrictions that come from being born into a poor family can limit your intellectual ambitions and hither your overall quality of life. It opened my eyes to the fact that most people, both historically and in this modern day, are not living the life that they would rather lead due to either oppressive governments or religious oppositions. The subject matter relates not too much to my personal life, however since watching it I have been able to draw parallels between some of the events in this story and modern day oppression in less developed countries that still maintain a strict economic caste system as well as poorly run factories that go against ethics.