Prior to the performance, I knew little about the central topics of church authority and factory conditions/child labor laws. I remember from my high school history class how, in the 1900s, the catholic church had tremendous power over people. I also remember that factory conditions were very unsanitary and dangerous. Children worked at young ages in the factories for long hours and barely got paid. I learned that the play took place in Quebec city, the capital of the Canadian province Quebec. In addition to being a political, administrative, and military center, the church held the power in shaping the society. The Church ran everything including, hospitals, education, asylums, etc. Priest's made twice the salary than an average worker. Talbot came from a poor family. His brother and mother worked in the factory to make money. Furthermore, there were not many safety regulations or labor laws, making injury and deaths common. In the end, the brother, Leo, dies underneath the floorboard because of the toxic chemicals. One of the worker's niece died because her hair got stuck in a machine. These scenarios and living situations, make me grateful for the life I have today. I am not in poverty nor working all day for money. I really appreciate the opportunities I have such as education and freedom. It also made me really think about my values, morals, and ethics. Talbot had to grapple with his own shame of victimization to protect himself and his family. Michaud had to inhibit his love for the theatre to protect his place in the church. Throughout this play, I learned and understood moral and ethical values and how the determination of which one to choose could be very arduous. It is hard to choose between what is ethically right and what you love to do/what you should do. I have learned that even in the mist of atrocities, the truth will always prevail. In the end, this play opened my eyes to the harsh realities people use to face back in the 1900s and taught about moral and ethics, the truth, and to be grateful for the live I have now.