The Divine: A play for Sarah BernhardtBy: Sunil Ghosal
The Spatial Experience
As we walked into the dimly lit theatre, an attendant guided us to our seats, middle of the row fifth from the bottom. The Air Conditioner was running strong and created an chilly setting as we looked upon the six beds on the stage. The lights dimmed and audience quieted leaving a slightly ominous setting. The role of place in the Good Life is that a setting can effect how one perceives certain actions. For example, a man asking for money in a dark alleyway conjures up a different image than a banker asking for money at an investment firm.
The Show Begins
The Social Experience
I attended the play with my friend, Zane. We both read the playbill before the play started to get a general idea of what it was about. Going to the play with a friend enchanted the experience because after the play, we debated the details. The role of shared experience in the Good Life is that They Make Memories more noteworthy
After the Play
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience
The main subject of the play was about poverty and the struggle of social mobility. The play was set during the time of the industrial revolution. At this time, Robber Barons ruled the economic world and the working class was subject to dreadful conditions of labor. Social mobility was very tough during this time. After watching the play, it opened my eyes to just how awful workers were being treated. My parent grew up as working class citizens in 1970's India, which was very similar the time period of the industrial revolution. Knowing how they grew up and the trials and tribulations they had to go through to only augmented the effect that the play had on me
The Gospel of Wealth was a book written by Andrew Carnegie that provided a discussion on the problems of the industrial era
The Emotional Experience
The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt provides a katharsis in regards to the industrial revolution because it lets us look back at the social problems during the time. It shows us all the bad things about the time period from lack of social mobility to the abhorrent working conditions and child labor.