The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt By: Briana Klein

The Spacial Experience

The Spacial Experience: I greatly enjoyed the theatre setting. I liked the transition between the bright & busy lobby to the dimly lit theatre as you walked in. I started off sitting in one seat, in the middle of the theatre, and then later switched to a seat on one of the wings to be closer to a friend. I liked the seat in the middle better because I had a better view of the entire stage. I felt restricted by sitting on the side, as though my view was more concentrated on the right side of the stage instead of the left. The grand size and dim lighting effects played a huge part on my spacial experience. It made me feel like I was part of the action on stage with the actors and actresses themselves. Place plays a big role in the good life. Just like the theatre made the play so much more grandiose, our day to day setting influences our life and happiness.

The Social Experience

The Social Experience: I attended the performance with a few of my friends. To get ready for the play, I dressed up nicely and went into the theatre with an open mind despite what others had already told me about the play. Attending it with my friends enhanced my experience because I was able to openly discuss with them what had happened at intermission. I believe having the opportunity to do this allowed me to have a greater understanding of what was happening by gaining several different perspectives. Shared experiences play a major role in an ideal good life because they allow us to grow closer to the people we are sharing the moment with. Personal relationships are very important to me which is why I greatly enjoyed being able to attend the play with my friends.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience: In my opinion, the main message of the play revolved around the importance of art. Between the archbishop's ban on Bernhardt's play and Talbot learning how to create his own play, there is art present in many forms throughout the entire story. This helped me develop a new way of seeing my culture by understanding the hardships faced in the era of the industrial revolution when kids were working in factories. Although this was not the main point of the play, this specific part spoke volumes to me because of the deaths of two children in the factory. This made me truly realize how dangerous it was during that time and how people everywhere suffered in those conditions to provide for their families. This relates to modern day life because some parents work multiple jobs just to give their children opportunities, like how Leo and Mrs. Talbot worked so that Talbot could go to school to become a priest.

The Emotional Experience

The Emotional Experience: The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt gives us an opportunity to come clean about what it means to be human and to be happy by allowing self-examination to find in what ways our lives may be similar to parts of the play. While watching the play, we sympathize with the actors when we relate to the experiences or emotions they are feeling. This opens our eyes to the beauty in our lives that we couldn't see on our own. In result, we are happier and more accepting of what life throws our way. For example, in The Divine, Mrs. Talbot makes sacrifices for her children to have a better future. One might see this and be reminded of their own life if they are in a similar situation. Through this, they would recognize that rough times in life are just another aspect of being human and once they come to terms with this, develop into a happier person who is just one step closer to reaching their ideal good life.

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