The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt My experience

It was interesting to walk in to the building that I walk past to get on the bus every day for the first time. It was definitely new, and everything always seems newer when you are with no one you know. I was walking up to the theatre trying to discretely take pictures because it seemed as though there was nobody around in the good life. It was not until the lights dimmed and the play began that I felt comfortable. The seats were nicely cushioned and the darkness felt like a blanket. My seat was also excellent, right up front, but not too close that I was on edge. The comfort of the play and the theatre, helped me ignore the social uncomfortableness that I was feeling.
This is a picture of me taking a selfie in the theatre. I thought that it perfectly described my social experience, given that I went with no one I knew. I walked in and went straight to my seat, which coincidentally I sat next to a group of people who knew each other, which made me feel even more out of place. Luckily at intermission I ran into one of my friends which made me really happy, and we even talked about the play the following week. Talking with her allowed me to verbalize my thoughts and I think this is representative of how people help with the good life. They help you feel like you are not alone and comfortable and they also allow you to process and further into your journey of seeking the good life.
The story was set in the turn of the 20th century in Quebec, although in a different location and time period I found it very applicable. The scene where Theo died underneath the factory, while everyone in the factory was talking about how child labor is wrong touched on a huge idea that I believe is timeless. The play really helped opened my eyes to see that we as a society talk a lot about what is bad and unethical but we end up doing nothing. It made me realize how common that is in society, to be justified with ethical opinions yet take no action.
I did not expect for a play that I was required to attend for class would reveal so much to me about myself, my society, and my culture. Beyond getting emotionally attached to all the characters and feeling sympathy for them as they went through different life events I also got into a time of self reflection. After the play was over I was quiet in my thoughts, thinking about how not proactive I was with my beliefs. I think this play helped me realize that that katharsis and coming clean does not necessarily mean cleaning yourself of you previous thoughts, but coming clean about your true self and realizing that you are not perfect and seeing that as an ability to grow rather than sulk.

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