The performance helped me better understanding the history of North America and the power and control the Church had on all aspects of life. The play emphasized the role of art, business, and church in the conflicting viewpoints of three radically differing characters. The highlight of the play, though, was the constant struggle occurring between the Church and the arts, as well as the exposure of the corrupt Quebec society. The play sought to reveal the evils of society, such as the conditions of factories and the Church's covering of sexual assaults. Seeing the play revealed to me the importance of the arts and free expression. Without free expression and an outlet to express our beliefs, society would become ignorant of current and past issues. It also revealed to me that we can never let one single force dictate our lives like in the play, and that we should fight for our democratic society.
The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt allows its audience to experience katharsis, or giving oneself the opportunity to look at oneself and come to terms with our flaws and be genuine when it comes to being human and being happy. This play allows the audience to experience katharsis because it fearlessly presents us with the evils, faults, and mistakes of society. We are presented with an anger-ridden main character, a pedophile, the true conditions of slavery in the Industrial Age, and the overbearing power of the Church. It's raw depiction of Quebec society allows the audience to examine themselves and their society and reflect the evils that need to be resolved.