the cultural and intellectual experience
I grew up in church. In fact, my school and church were one building - I practically never left church except to go home and sleep a few hours. Some people's experience of church as a child were legalistic, boring, or even judgmental, but I loved mine; there were a bundle of families that loved me like I was their own son, and there were friends there that I knew I could share anything with. When the play introduced Talbot and Michaud as Seminarians, I was delighted. It was just like home. However, as the play went on, the inadequacies of the church were exposed, as were the faults in the clergymen. When there was a scandal and Talbot got into a fight with the priest, I also knew how that felt. My church back home was full of inadequacies, full of scandals - it was inevitable, because it was a building full of humans. Going into the play, I knew nothing of the content, but its themes hit home for me, as I could relate to them with ease. The performance helped me realize that I was not the only one who felt disillusionment by the faults of humanity - it runs rampant through everyone's lives.