The Cultural and Intellectual Experience
"The Divine is a play inspired by two shocking statements the famous actress made during her sojourn in Quebec City: one about the intellectual and artistic backwardness of our country and the other about the important of art in society." - Michel Marc Bouchard
This performance helps me see my culture in a new way because it showed be how we treat sexual assault and people in power. Even though the time period is different than today, there were remarkable similarities about how sensitive issues are treated and how people that are powerful can get away with terrible acts. The central issue in the play was the stratification between rich and poor, and the coverup of a sexual crime against a child. The previous knowledge I have about this subject is what I have seen in the news about priests abusing children in real life. The performance changed my views because it made it even more painful since I could see the direct effect it has on characters and people close to them.
The Emotional Experience
The play, The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt provides an opportunity for catharsis because it discusses sensitive and controversial issues that many have dealt with, but may not discuss. The topics like stratification between social classes, sexual assault, child labor, and absent parents can be felt by many during this time period. Watching others have similar experiences can be cathartic and give a sense of bonding between people.
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