I attended the performance with two close friends from high school. We got dressed up for the night and had dinner before hand at the Reitz. Attending with friends enhanced my experience because we were able to discuss the play together both during the intermission and after it was over. Shared experiences are very important to the Good Life. We make many meaningful relationships through out our life, so spending time with others is one way in which we find peace and happiness within ourselves.
3. The Cultural and Intellectual Experience
"Workers assemble sneakers at a Nike factory in Indonesia (Photo: Crack Palinggi/Reuters)" http://thehigherlearning.com/2015/04/09/u-s-factory-workers-make-76-times-more-per-hour-than-workers-in-indonesia/
Some central issues addressed in the play were poor working conditions in factories and a low quality of life for the lowest social class. I came into the play knowing a lot about wage inequality and the struggle of the proletariat against the bourgeoisie. However, the play allowed me to emotionally connect with the characters experiencing these struggles. Unfortunately, some of these unethical practices are still being used by world wide corporations. This play helps raise awareness of injustices such as the low wages paid to factory workers located in countries which lack proper legislature and unions.
4. The Emotional Experience
"This photo of Sarah Bernhardt was taken by Nadar (Gaspard-Félix Tournachon) at his Boulevard des Capucines atelier in 1864."
The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt provides us an opportunity for catharsis when it reveals the "less-than-noble" truth about the Church and the shoe factory. In both cases the institutions ‘come clean’, or rather are exposed, allowing for justice to take place. Righting the wrongs in both situations allows for the happiness of future generations of humans. So while these characters may not have experienced "the Good Life", they have made it more accessible for those who come after them.