When I went to the show, I ended up sitting alongside a complete stranger who was friendly, as are the majority of people at this school. Attending the show alone I believe inhibited me from enjoying the show as fully as I potentially could have otherwise. I am the type of person who enjoys sharing experiences with other people and consequently partaking in this experience without any friends to share my thoughts or feelings with made this experience less memorable than it could have been otherwise. To get ready for the performance, I actually did not do much besides dress up nicely and play a few games of chess at the chess club. I can imagine that attending the performance with a friend would have made it more enjoyable for me. In the pursuit of the good life, shared experiences plat a key role. Almost no one achieves the good life without having interacted with other people, and certainly when the good life is achieved it is not kept to one's self but rather it is shared with others in the hope that they too may find the good life.
A photo of Jonathan Dominique standing outside of the Constans Theater entrance with a program in his hand.
During the play, there was a persistent theme of poverty vs wealth, and a motif of self-revelation, understanding what exactly each person wanted for themselves in their own lives. Personally, I didn't relate the theme of it very much to the culture that I live in today due to the fact that there is just an incomparable difference in societies between then (1900's Quebec vs 21st century America). However, one thing that it did make me realize about my culture is the disparity of wealth from one class to the next. Our nation's wealthiest one percent has more wealth than the other 99 percent of us combined, a rather daunting and staggering statistic. I was aware of the overwhelming size of the poverty stricken population in most major cities around the world and was aware of the system of child labor as well as the extent to which it ran and the dangers it posed to those who it affected. Watching the play did not necessarily change my views on the play but rather reminded me of the grotesque past that once existed in the world and potentially still does in less developed parts of the world. Fortunately, the subject matter of the play has little to do with anything currently happening in my own life. However, every now and again, I come across those less fortunate than me who are in positions even worse than some of the poorer characters within the play.