The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt Aliya Nhaisi

The Spatial Experience

Inside the Constans Theatre

I was immediately in awe by the physical appearance of the theatre as soon as I entered. The stage was set up beautifully with the props for the first scene. My seat was in a nice location because it was centralized and close up. When the lights dimmed and the audience began to quiet down, I became excited for the play to begin and learn what it was about. I really enjoyed the size of the theatre because it was large enough to feel like a professional performance but still had a quiet atmosphere. The role of place in the Good Life is essential to comfortability of your surroundings. This is very important to attaining a good life because when people aren't content with their surroundings, they feel less confident and don't act as themselves.

The Social Experience

Photo taken after the performance with friends

I attended the play with two friends from my sorority, Brittany and Sammy, pictured above. It was a nice experience getting to watch the show together and discuss our thoughts and feelings about the plot. To get ready for the performance, we all read the small description of the play that was posted on canvas to familiarize ourselves with the story. Sharing experiences like this one really enhances the good life because part of the good life is built through sharing relationships with others. These relationships are the main source of my happiness that really brightens my life.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

Watching this performances helped me develop a new way of understanding my own culture because it allowed me to see how Americans lived in the late 1800's. The central issue of the play was the journey of an underprivileged family trying to change their life by making the eldest son a priest. Before attending the play, I read the short summary posted on the Common Activities page which provided me a little insight of the story. The performances completely changed my viewpoint on how factories and the people working in them were back then. I remember Michaud saying that it was the factory that made the poor people dirty, not that they don't take care of their hygiene. This really made me look at people's lifestyles from a different perspective.

The Emotional Experience

After the performance

The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt provides us an opportunity for catharsis because we watch a young man try to improve his current circumstances by leaving his harmful past and creating a better lifestyle for his family. During the second part of the play, Talbot finally reveals the reason why he got in a fight and stole silverware from his initial school. We found out that he had been abused by his old priest for five years. This was a cathartic moment for Talbot because he was finally able to tell truth and embody his character.

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