- Experiencing ‘The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt’ with Haley and Maddie was unique in that after the final curtain call we were able to discuss the emotions that raged as the plot thickened, dissect each of the characters’ performances and share what we would be our takeaways. Similar to watching the same television show or seeing the same movie, Haley, Maddie and I were able to converse about the live performance which was even more special since it was only shared between the three of us.
On a larger scale, these two girls represent the many relationships I have already been privileged to make in a little over a semester at UF. In regards to pursuing the Good Life, I don’t see the point of enjoying my days without anyone to share them with. My whole life I have surrounded myself with friends and family because in my opinion, existing is a relational experience.
As we watch ‘The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt,’ Michaud demonstrates the stages of catharsis. Once Michaud allowed himself to gape at the corruption of society and the gross immorality mankind is capable of he felt righteously burdened. Michaud’s emotional journey gave him perspective on the realities of our world and led him to reason out a plan for enacting justice. While in the audience we are offered passage on this tumultuous pilgrimage of cathartic awareness, understanding and reevaluation of how we achieve a virtuous ideal. By comprehending how the world is, we can then perceive how the world ought to be.