The Divine: A Play For Sarah Bernhardt By Michael Fndlay

The Spatial Experience

  • The size of the Constans theater initially resulted in an extreme sense of pride, for my University. I was astounded at the simple, but beautiful auditorium.
  • I sat in the very center of the middle row of the auditorium, providing a perfect view of the entire show.
  • As the lights dimmed and "Mrs. Bernhardt" and some of the other cast members paraded around the theater, Mrs. Bernhardt stopped to shake my hand.
  • The role of auditoriums and theatrical plays such as this one in the Good Life are examples of some of the simple pleasures in life that can bring you closer to the Good Life.
  • Artistic expressions and forms of entertainment have the ability to spark emotions in an extremely unique way.

The Social Experience

  • Attending the play with some of my closest friends made the experience a lot more enjoyable.
  • My friends and I enjoyed the play together and then we spent the walk home talking about it. I went to the performance with my friends Sam and Hannah.
  • To get ready my friends and I met and walked to the theater together.
  • As we journey through life, what gives us the ability to make friends is our shared experiences.
  • Without our shared experiences we would never have anything to talk about, and have no way of identifying ourselves with one another.

The Cultural & Intellectual Experience

  • The central issue addressed in the play was material greed and child labor.
  • Prior to the performance I had an experience with the Catholic church because I am a Catholic.
  • The issues described in the performance were a friendly reminder of many of the values my parents tried to instill in me when I was younger; material possessions can never overcome family relationships.
  • The subject matter reminds me of the sacrifices my parents are making for me to go to school, and the reason I need to do well and prioritize my education.

The Emotional Experience

  • The play emphasizes the change in culture as well as the change of societal norms in the past 100 years.
  • By reminding us of some of the less appealing parts of our history, the performance provides the audience with an opportunity for "katharsis."
  • When the audience compares the struggles of Sarah to the struggles of the common factory workers, we are reminded of the important things in our lives, and we begin to sympathize less with Sarah and more with the factory workers.
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Michael Findlay


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