The Spatial Experience
Photo Taken from University of Florida Website
Being a dancer my whole life, walking into the theatre gives me a sense of happiness. Since we got there so early, we sat in the second row, which I usually don't to do since you can feel like you are on top of the actors. In this situation, I actually enjoyed sitting close, since the theatre is small and I felt like I was part of the play. The role of place in the Good Life is that if you feel comfortable where you are, then you will feel good about yourself and what you are doing. For example, I love the theatre because I love performing, so it gives me a sense of joy.
The Social Experience
Going with friends definitely made the experience more enjoyable. Before the play, we all went to dinner and got ready together. Going with friends definitely made attending the play better. Sharing experiences with others contributes to the Good Life because memories with people and shared experiences are how relationships grow and stay strong.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience
The play definitely had multiple political themes, like socio-economic, child labor, separation of church and state, and issues of gender roles. In 1905, there were no laws (in both Canada and the United States) that protected the rights of children, women, and the poor. I knew during this time that minorities did not have many rights. An example of the pain that workers and women were put through during this time was the Triangle Fire in New York City. The play did not change my views because I already believed that all minorities should have full and equal rights. In the past few weeks, women's rights have be tried by the new government, but this play reminds us what can happen if we fall back into our old ways.
The Emotional Experience
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This play is a basis for katharsis because it shows how society was in the early 20th century and why we shouldn't go back to those ways. Each character goes through an emotional rollercoaster adding to their personal katharsis and emotions. We can all relate to the characters on different levels depending on our own personal experiences.