The Cultural and Intellectual Experience
The play takes place in Canada around the industrial revolution and touches upon issues like poverty, social oppression, and the church. I went into the play with no idea what it was about, when it took place, anything, which in a way was kind of nice because I didn't know what to expect or any prior conceived ideas about the play. The play made me consider more the issues addressed. For example, while I had always thought child labor was a terrible part of the industrial revolution, this play gave me an opportunity to more consider how much bad it really was for the families and children who had to be a part of it. The story of Talbot's younger brother and his death show display the terrible conditions of the factories, the oppression by their superiors, and how lethal it can be to work there. His brother wasn't even the only one to die, one of the workers had a niece who had lost her head in the factory.