The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt allows an opportunity for katharsis by unapologetically presenting the audience with the realities of society. It forces the viewers to see the not-so-perfect history of society in order to educate them, show them, ensure that history will not be repeated. It exposes the harsh realities of child labor when Talbot's younger brother dies working in the basement of a show factory. It shows the drastic differences in class, not only between Sarah Bernhardt and the factory workers, but in the factory owner and his borderline-abused workers as well. The play brings to light these uncomfortable moments in history instead of shoving them under the rug and pretending they never existed. In this way, we can learn from history's mistakes and see what is truly important in life; not material possessions or power, but relationships and experiences, lessons learned. In the talk back after the performance, the actors mentioned the importance of the theater as a medium for voicing issues and problems in society, which is exactly what The Divine does. They acknowledged the importance of their roles in portraying the issues to the audience in order to get the message across. In this way, katharsis can truly be achieved; when we can embrace the past and learn from it, to use it to move us forward into a Good Life.