This performance included many references to historical past events relative to the early 1990’s. These events had prompted society into changing our culture and attitudes about human life. For example, the play’s representation of the cruel and harsh labor environments of women and children in factories in the early 1990’s, before labor laws were put into effect, caused me to think about how society’s attitudes of labor and work have changed over time. Because of this, the performance helped me develop a new way of seeing and understanding my own culture. The disturbing and intense scenes of the play made me question whether my culture had aspects of such relative conflicts. I had questioned the ethical and unethical stances of decisions made by my culture over time. For example, I asked myself, “How has the role of government in today’s modern day encouraged and assisted employment for all workers?” The central issue focused on in the play was the misdemeanors made my individuals and groups of hierarchy during the early 1900’s; they included the mistreatment of women and children in factories and other institutions, in this case wrongs done by people associated with the church. Another important issue of the performance dealt with the importance of plays and acting in the lives of all men, women, and children. Plays tell the truth, which is what Sarah Bernhardt had emphasized in her role of the performance. This was important yet not the central theme of this time in history, portrayed by the play. Because of previous knowledge on the subject, I was familiar with the time and subject matter illustrated in the play. I understood how society had changed and revolutionized to a more industrialized society. Workers and farmers had moved to urban areas and worked in factories. The number of child laborers working in mine and glass factories, as peddlers, and as newsboys and messengers had peaked an all-time high. The performance, which had represented these events, had altered my views about the past in some way. Many people create happy visuals of what life was life back then, but in a lot of situations life was hard for many people. After witnessing what felt like a real situation of cruel mistreatment, the play had increased my sympathy for all of the mistreated people during this period of time. In my life and in today’s society, there continues to be issues of discrimination, mistreatment of labor workers, poverty, etc. The fact of the matter is that there will always be important problems facing many individuals all over the world. A specific example of something happening in my life, though not represented to the degree of this subject matter, is how I face the inability to personally change how feminine rights are seen among others. I face the challenge to change specific legislation about how I think women should be represented in America.