The central issue address the struggle between man and his belief of what is right and just with the hypocrisies of the Church and the Factory. During this time period, there was a large power struggle between the Arts/Sciences and the Church in the western world, as well as the rampant abuse of workers (women and children) in factories as a result of the industrial revolution. I knew that the Church held a stubborn, conservative view of a world that was quickly changing and would do anything to preserve their image of righteousness and piety, even if that came to the expense of its own disciples. The Church held the power with hypocritical hands. Brother Casgrain would condemn Sarah Bernhardt and the factory owner, meanwhile overlooking heinous sexual abuse. On the other hand, the factory owners see their factories as a source of income and prosperity for the town, and if they don't do it, other factories will.
The play allowed me to see the failings of man when he refuses to acknowledge the other perspective, and remain constant in their beliefs that they are correct. With this stubbornness and hatred, the unnecessary death of Leo This play spoke to me, because we are undergoing a time of again, rapid change, especially change in government. Two divergent political parties refusing to acknowledge the other, even though they firmly believe in their own moral compasses, meanwhile the nation is collateral damage. "The Divine" illuminated the fact that humanity is not perfect, and will never be, but by seeing through each other's perspectives, humanity does have the ability to progress.
The Emotional Experience
Post-Play: Feelin' Satisfied
The play addresses several vices that humanity must overcome in order to succeed. The play was "karthardic" for me, because it manifested the hypocrisies of society and provided a tangible release through the actors portrayal of very real thematic elements that also correlate in our society today. I needed to see something that promotes awareness and criticism to conservation and to change. This play gave me hope through the bitter despair and truth that the characters provided. The death of Leo came unexpected to me, even if the foreshadowing was there, it shocked me. That shock resonated throughout my being because I realized that the unnecessary physical, emotional, and spiritual deaths are unfolding in today's society right before my eyes. This play inspired me to embrace and criticize the world we live in. As I got up to leave the theatre, my shoulders felt lighter, my mind opened, and my heart satisfied.
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