The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt By: Emma Rudman

The Spatial Experience

The opening set of the play
  • When I entered the theater, I was shocked because I didn't expect it to look the way it did.
  • I liked the size of the theater; it was not overwhelmingly big.
  • I was in the 3rd row so it was cool to be able to see the actors and sets so close up.
  • It felt suspenseful when the lights dimmed and I did not expect the play to open the way it did with Sarah and Meyer coming into the audience and the press chasing them.
  • Your location, age and social status affects how you interpret events happening in the world as well as in your personal life. This, in turn, affects your perception of the Good Life and experiences because your outlook in each of these situations is different.

The Social experience

Maddie and I taking a selfie outside of Constans Theatre.
  • I attended the performance with my friend Maddie.
  • Maddie and I worked on our good life group project together, got Chick-fil-a for dinner, and then went to the play.
  • It was nice to attend the performance with a friend because when we talked about it after, we both shared our perceptions and view on the play and what happened in it.
  • Shared experiences in the Good Life allows you to learn to be open-minded and accepting of other people's opinions. It is also fun to have friends and create memories with them. The Good Life involves having a great support system of family and friends.

THe cultural and intellectual experience

Me standing outside of the theater with this funky statue.
  • There were a few central issues addressed in the performance such as moral and ethical obligations, social oppression versus privilege, and work factories and child labor laws.
  • I am familiar with these central issues especially work factories and child labor laws. I have grown up learning about this issue in my history classes, specifically my AP US History class junior year.
  • The performance made what I had learned about in my classes actually seem real. It upset me when Leo got killed because the boss locked him up in that gas chamber and wouldn't let him out. That definitely made child abuse and the issues with child labor laws seem realistic.
  • These subject matters are not relevant to my life currently.

THe Emotional experience

  • The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt illustrated katharsis in many ways.
  • The shoe factory boss ends up being exposed with the help of Machaud for his disobedience of child labor laws and abuse of children.
  • Talbot came clean for something he didn't even do, which was stealing the silverware. However, he was coerced to steal by the priest that was raping him. He came clean to protect his family.
  • Brother Casgrain finally did the right thing by sending the list of the people the priest raped to the police, even though he tried so hard to protect the catholic church.
  • Michaud puts the church before himself and learns the hard way about the evil and poverty of the world, with the help of Sarah.
  • For each character, the truth comes out. This is what gives the play the meaning that it does. Each character's struggle is relevant to a struggle in the early 1900s; some are still relevant issues today.

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