The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt By: Lindsey Treacy

I've always enjoyed going to the theatre and seeing shows on Broadway ever since I was little. As I entered the building, it brought back a lot of memories of other shows I had gone to see with my parents. I was intrigued by the architecture of the building and the colored lights illuminating the outside of the theatre. Inside the lobby there were beautiful colored pieces of glass that really captured my attention. I sat in the middle of the auditorium because I felt that it would give me a better panoramic view of the entire stage. I think that being towards the back allowed me to be more focused and to concentrate even more on the performance. When the lights dimmed and the audience got quiet, I was transported to a whole new world as if it were just me and the actors present. The amount of people that occupied the auditorium was incredible; it made me feel good that so many students came to appreciate all the hard work put into The Divine. In my opinion, the spatial experience plays in an important role in the Good Life because it's the key to encountering what one feels when being present in a certain atmosphere.

I attended the performance with two of my friends. We got ready for the performance by watching a clip on Youtube about The Divine in order to have a better understanding of what would be going on during the performance. Attending the performance with friends filled me with joy because it's always nice to share these special experiences with special people. I think that shared moments serve as memories in the Good Life that will stay with you no matter how old you get.

After analyzing The Divine performance, I realized that there are a lot things that happen in today's society that are controversial, just like the arrival of Sarah Berndhart in the play. The central issue was the clash between religion and theatre and the search for the truth. The performance made me realize that you can't derive knowledge from only one source. For instance, Talbot arrives at the seminary to become a priest, but he still questions the world beyond his own life. He's a very mysterious character and he's suffered a lot of hardships growing up poor. I can relate to Talbot in a way because one of my really close friends was poor when we were growing up. Her dad had left and her mother was working multiple jobs to take care of her and her brother. Due to her rough upbringing, she always tried to rebel and do bad things even when her mother worked so hard to be able to pay for her college. In the play, Talbot gets caught stealing and almost blows his chances at the seminary, which his mother has worked so hard to get him in to. Finally, I think that The Divine does provide an opportunity for katharsis because it allows us, as the audience, to look at our values and what is important to us. The fight between the church and the theatre occurs because the play Sarah Bernhardt is performing in "sings the praises of adulterous love" and "ridicules a man of the cloth." This conflict makes you think about whether or not you think it's appropriate for works of art to go against religion or things that you believe in. It makes you question if it's okay to compete with certain values for the sake of entertainment.

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