The Divine: A Play For Sarah Bernhardt Kenneth Lee

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The Spatial Experience

When I first entered the building, I was pleasantly surprised. I had been in the Rietz many times but I never noticed the theater. As I walked in, I first noticed the capacious stage and the nice scenery of the stage. My friend and I got very good seats as it was pretty central and close to the stage. After a few short minutes, the lights dimmed and the play started. It actually took me by surprise as the actors appeared behind us. Where you are spatially is important when searching for the good life. You usually are in the right place at the right time when you achieve the good life.

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The Social Experience

I attended this play with my good friend Aaron. Before the play we looked up the play so we could of had some of idea of what to expect. Having someone there to experience the play with made it better because we both got to experience it in different ways. When one of us was confused about a scene in the play, the other would explain it which made it easier to understand. Shared experiences are very important in the good life. Getting to share a memorable experience with the people you care about is one of the great cathartic experiences of a lifetime. Sharing experiences makes the feeling so much better knowing they appreciate it as much as you do.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

The central problem in the play is social oppression which is prevalent from the beginning of the play. The privileged Michaud meets the poor Talbot and there is a clash of class. The play highlights the different lives we all live and the personal struggles some people have to overcome. From the play, I got an additional perspective on oppression. I knew a lot about the subject before hand and its still prevalent in today's society. The theme of oppression is universal and can be observed and felt by everyone. I personally have no connection to the matter but I know its happening all around me.

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The Emotional Experience

The play allows us to see our own flaws. It's easy to see the flaws in other people and the play lets us examine issues that could possibly effect us. For example, in the play we see that Casgrain must go against his morals and cover up his past in order to protect the church. Its easy to see how characters act and to try to form that experience into our lives.

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