The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt Spark Story By: Michael Larratt

The Spatial Experience

For me, the physical setting of the theater was strangely busy, yet calm. Upon entering the auditorium, I immediately noticed how crowded it was, and the large size of the audience, however once I found my seat, the experience was a lot more calming. The location of my seat was very good. It was located towards the middle of the theater and centered with the stage. With this seat I was able to easily view the entirety of the play. Once the lights dimmed, and the audience went quiet, I felt fully encompassed in the play. It was really easy to focus on the story as my attention was fully captured by the acting. The size of the auditorium was a little bit annoying as it was quite large and some details could go unnoticed, but it wasn't a huge issue for me. The role of place in the good life is to affect the inhabitants emotions and guide their attention, just as the setting of the theater was able to guide my attention to the play.

The Social Experience

I went with my friend Max to the play. Too get ready for the performance I tried to get there relatively early to the play, and we ate before hand because we heard the play was fairly long. I felt that attending the performance with my friend was advantageous to me because after the play we could mutually reflect on the play and share each others experiences and what we took away from the play. The role of shared experiences in the Good life is to mutually broaden the perspective of everyone as a whole by being able to share experiences and ideas with one another.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

The central issues addressed in the performance of the story are child labor and the corruption of the Catholic Church. On a deeper level however, the story displays the themes of morality and truth. Before attending the performance I knew little about the specific subject matter. After attending the performance my views on the subject matter did not really change. I still believe that corruption of the catholic church and child labor is bad. As far as the themes of morality and truth go, my ideals of these have become reinforced.

The Emotional Experience

The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt gives society the opportunity for katharsis because it acts as an effective channel in which to critique society. Theater provides us with examples of our societies flaws through drama. It is from this that an audience can better understand these flaws, and therefore better reflect on our issues and more effectively find ways to fix them. It is from this, that the play allows for society to go through katharsis.

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