Good Life Performance Diana ryan

Written permission from Kelsie Taylor
The Spatial Experience

Upon entering the lobby of Constans theater I was informed that the length of the show was 2 1/2 hours and I was immediately dreading the experience. Once I entered the theater itself, I was very impressed by the amount of effort that seem to be put into making the set and my dread lightened slightly. My seat location was the front row, right below the stage. This enhanced my experience by allowing me to examine the set in more detail. It also forced me to pay attention, which kept me from getting confused in the busy plot. By the time the lights dimmed, I was excited for the play to start. The size of the auditorium didn't affect my experience very much due to the fact we were seated upfront. The role of place in the good life is important because your surroundings (such as good seats and an impressive set) can make or break your experiences.

The Social Experience

I attended the performance with one of my roommates, Kelsie. To get ready for the performance, I put on makeup and discussed outfit choices with Kelsie. We came to the conclusion that it was going to be a dressy casual setting, so I decided on jeans and a blouse. Attending with friends enhance my experience because I had someone to tell my opinons to about the performance and overall get more out of it by being able to talk about my thoughts to someone. The role of shared experiences in the good life is to create a connection with another person, to be able to reflect and be happy with in the future.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

The performance helped me to develop a new way of seeing and understanding our own culture. I can see the use of government regulation in big business in our country. The play displayed the misery that prevails when a company goes under regulated, and the struggle of a family trying to escape it. There were many issues addressed in the performance, but I believe this was an important one. The subject matter of this theme was something I was only taught about history class. The performance definitely strengthened the views I already held about regulation of business. The subject matter would relate to my own life and that my parents were treated well by the companies they worked for and as a result, all their children can go to school instead of working in a factory.

The Emotional Experience

One theme I thought interesting was how Mrs. Talbot relied on her son’s future success in the seminary school for her happiness. According to Ayn Ran, one of the people who’s views we discussed in class, that would be wrong and even selfish. It would be unfair to Mrs. Talbot and her son. Before seeing the play, I would've entirely disagreed with Ayn Ran. Watching this issue Play out on the stage, I have come to realize that there is a great area to which what blank was saying. In this case, my "Katharsis” in this play would be that I do believe it was selfish for blank to rely on blank for her happiness because he ended up having to sacrifice his own happiness for a long time for fear of hurting hers.

Written permission from Kelsie Taylor


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