The Emotional Experience
Pictured above is Sarah Bernhardt speaking to Talbot. The play provides us with an opportunity for katharsis by showing us what some of the negative aspects of life were like in the early 1900s. Since the time when the play took place, there have been many drastic changes in the world, including child labor laws, the banning of sweatshops, and many workplace regulations. These huge differences make us, as humans, thankful that we do not live in such time and it makes us thankful to see the improvements we've made.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience
Pictured above is Talbot and his mother when they first arrive in Quebec City. The story takes place in the early 1900s when child labor was peaking. Before the play, I knew that most child laborers working in sweatshops for long hours with horrible conditions, and there wasn't much regulation. The performance reinforced my views on the subject; it proved how bad the conditions in sweatshops actually were. In the play, the characters worked long hours, worked seven days a week, the workers had a lack of benefits, and they were underpaid. It supported everything I already knew about child labor and sweatshops.