The Divine: A play for sarah bernhardt By: Jonathan Stockhausen

My Experience: When I entered the area of Constans Theatre, I was first in shock because I wasn't aware that it actually existed. I have walked through The Reitz Union dozens of times and I had never noticed it. Fortunately for me, I am the type of person who shows up early to events, so I was given a seat that was extremely close to the stage. This allowed me to appreciate the acting of each actor because I was able to clearly hear and see their actions up-close. When the lights dimmed, I felt as if I was in a movie theatre and became excited for the play to begin. The size of the auditorium surprised me because it was bigger than I expected.

The Social Experience: I attended the play with my friends Esteban and Christian, who are also taking "What is the Good Life". To prepare for the performance, we Googled what the play was about in order to earn some background knowledge. By attending the play with friends, I was able to clear up some confusion that I experienced throughout the performance. During intermission, we discussed and gave the insights that we gained from the play. I think sharing experiences is important when it pertains to friendships. Bonds are strengthened when two or more people experience something together.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience: The issue in the performance was that a family was putting their son through school to become a priest. They were funding his schooling by working long, hard hours in a factory making boots. The priest in training was not taking his opportunity seriously and was acting out in some ways like fighting and stealing silverware. Before attending the performance, I wasn't familiar with what someone has to do in order to become a priest. After watching the play, I was able to understand that they go through strict schooling and an abundance of work. This can relate to my life right now, because I also have to do an abundance of work here at the University of Florida.

The Emotional Experience: I think that Talbot experiences katharsis when he realizes that he must take his schooling serious and becomes serious about his path to becoming a priest. His impoverished family was working too hard for him to be acting out, and Talbot understands that he must grow up quickly.

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