In John Patrick Shaneley’s Doubt: A Parable, exhibits strong assumptions. Deciding weather Father Flynn is innocent or guilty is like a game of cat and mouse. The explanations and evidence keeps you wondering even after the story is over. Father Flynn is treated guilty until proven innocent in sister Aloysius eyes. Sister Aloysius thinks there is a inappropriate relationship going on with Father Flynn and Donald Muller; The first black boy at St. Nicholas.
What would you do if someone questioned your every thought or action without even providing evidence why? In the story Doubt written by John Patrick Shanley, Father Flynn is accused of seducing a student by Sister Aloysius. I believe that Father Flynn is innocent of the accused acquisitions. Father Flynn continually sticks to his story. He claims that he only tired to help Donald as he was troubled and needed a friend to talk with.
While Fr. Flynn is fighting for his innocence, he stumbles upon multiple obstacles along the way. John Patrick Shanley describes Flynn’s situation with a very edgy tone in the book “Doubt.” Fr. Flynn is a priest at St. Nicholas school, he has been kicked out of three previous schools , but we do not know why he was expelled from them.
Sister Aloysius is the principle at St. Nicholas catholic school in the Bronx, New York. Sister Aloysius is certain that the relationship between Father Flynn and a young African- American student, Donald Muller has become inappropriate. Sister Aloysius confides in Sister James, a much younger and innocent nun; Sister James is doubtful of Father Flynn’s guilt, but uncertain of his innocence, for the entirety of the play. When watching this play unfold, the audience is truly uncertain about whether to believe Sister Aloysius or Father Flynn. Sister Aloysius can come off as determined, uptight, and rigid.
In different times of life, we are faced with people and circumstances which we can trust or doubt. Trust is a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone, but some people do not know how to handle it very well. Some people argue that trust may be very sensitive because once a person lose it, it might be very hard to get it back. Doubt is a feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction. It is a central factor of the play Doubt by John Patrick Stanley.
Often in life, people try to attain power. In the play Doubt, directed by Patrick Shanley, two characters are fighting to beat each other in a game of authority. Father Flynn’s and Sister Aloysius’s constant efforts to become more powerful than the other significantly affects their vows as leaders and believers of the Catholic Church. In their efforts, they become the epitome of being unChristian. Father Flynn goes against his vows of vanity and poverty.
Pudd’nhead Wilson was a novel written by Mark Twain and published in 1894. In this story, a mother bound by slavery switches her son with her owner’s son so he does not have to go through what she has gone through. This story is not only that of a basic story line, but a story filled with symbolism. I believe that Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson is a story of nature vs. nurture, betrayal, females and femininity, race, identity and courage. Mark Twain, whose real name was Samuel L. Clemens, grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which was the inspiration of most of his books.
In The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck depicts the great struggle for the people during the Dust Bowl. One way he shows the struggle, purpose, or true feeling of his characters by describing the character eyes. Jim Casy is one of those character’s that Steinbeck describes the eyes to show the true feelings. Steinbeck first introduces Casy has a conflicted ex-preacher that is trying to find new purpose in his life without lying to anyone. From this first induction of Casy we see from his eyes the transformation he goes through during his time to find himself.
In Pat Conroy’s “Confessions of an Ex-Catholic”, Conroy describes the love he had for the Catholic mass rituals, the Georgian chants, and the prayer even though he left the character and swears to never return. Conroy includes that, although he was thankful for this upbringing, he will never force his children in the church. Conroy also confesses that while he is an ex-Catholic he is still part of the church and forever will be. The purpose of Conroy’s confession is to admit and almost convince the reader, the audience, that even after leaving a religion or certain belief, one is always part of it and it is a part of one. “Just as I always will be American and Southern, I will always be Catholic.
In the play Doubt: A Parable, by John Patrick Shanley, Sister Aloysius is a representation of traditionalists as she constantly resists change and progression. Her traditionalist values are highlighted in her scene two conversation with Sister James. She says, “I’m sorry I allowed even cartridge pens into the school. The students really should only be learning script with true fountain pens. Always the easy way out these days” (9).