The Divine A Good Life Experience

Upon entering the building, I felt very relaxed, yet excited. I was looking forward to watching the play as I had heard that it was very good. I took my seat next to my friend in the frontmost row, which thoroughly enhanced my experienced. I felt so close that I was almost part of the play itself. Because all actions were happening in front of my face, I felt very engaged in the plot sequence. As soon as the lights dimmed, I felt extremely excited to see what was going to happen in the play. In terms of the "Good Life," place can determine happiness and satisfaction. I would be happy relaxing in India while another person would simply prefer the beach or UF. Place enhances our experience and pursuit of the "Good Life".

Spatial Experience

Attending the play with a complete stranger was nice. I made a new friend and before the show, we talked about the play and how we thought was going to happen in each part. To get ready for the performance, I made sure to put on nice clothes so that I could watch the play. Afterwards, I researched the play so I could know some background about the setting. Watching the play with a new friend made "The Divine" a captivating experience, as we discussed the plot and foreshadowing as well as enjoying each other's company. Having people around me that I did not know allowed me to enjoy the camaraderie of watching a performance with an audience. In the talk back, I found that others brought up similar questions that I had during the play. The actors also became much more human in a sense, as they shed their characters and became themselves. These shared experiences through discussion of the play's elements made it much more relatable and human for me.

Social Experience

After watching the play, I realized that theatre was not simply for entertainment; theatre was also a type of social commentary that could bring about change in society. It allowed me to understand different perspectives in life, as Talbot and Michaud came from opposite ends of the economic spectrum. One of the central issues that was addressed was economic prosperity at different socioeconomic levels, epitomized by Michaud and Talbot. I did no t know much about the play besides the general setting of the play. Because of the performance, I began to become more aware of economic gaps and the malfeasances that exist in society. The subject does not have a relationship to anything in my life, fortunately. The talk back reiterated the important themes brought up in the play, making the experience much more social through discussion and clarification of events by the actors.

Emotional Experience

The central conflict that develops in the second part of "The Divine," is the issue of justice for Talbot. As a child, talbot was sexually assaulted by a local priest, who he fights before the events of the play. Upon finding out, Michaud tries to find justice for his best friend. This brings up the controversial and seldom talked about topic of sexual assault. The audience desires some sort of resolution for Talbot. At the end, Talbot finds peace by moving on and relocating to another parish, while Michaud finds peace by turning in the priest for his crime. This provides katharsis for the audience, as both protagonists find peace and move on with their respective lives by the final act of "The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt".


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