The Cultural and Intellectual Experience: The theatre helps create and understand new ways of thinking about our own culture. One of these ideas is classes and the way society is split up. In The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt one of the reoccurring themes had to deal with the upper and lower classes of society. The upper class would live luxuriously while the poor were working themselves to death at jobs that pay next to nothing. Coming into the play I could recognize this struggle in my everyday life but didn’t think much of it. After the play, I have become more open to the idea and realize it is a bigger problem than I once thought. Although this problem doesn’t directly affect me, there are millions of people around the world who are being affected. It is amazing to see how a performance can mold and change one’s idea without that person consciously realizing it.
Cover of The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt
The Emotional Experience: The play presented many topics that were socially uncomfortable or culturally radical. These difficult ideas offered many chances to “come clean” or seek katharsis. After the play, my friends and I discussed some of these themes and shared what they meant to us. Through communication and new ideas, we can “come clean” and try to understand how other people view things differently. This concept is one of my important takeaways from the night. If we can learn to see things the way others see, we can all improve our own lives and others around us which in turn will help us seek the good life.