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.
This could be stating that he ran because he was guilty, but if he was then chances are the bishop would have believed her and he wouldn’t have gotten a promotion. Sister Aloysius even stated at the end of it all that she had doubts. Sister Aloysius: “I have doubts! I have such doubts!”
No” (Shanley 42). She is clearly making accusations out of speculation which is just like the witch hunts that came before. Along with this since there is no evidence to condemn Father Flynn, He is not being given a fair way to defend himself since Sister Aloysius. You cannot defend yourself from rumors or invisible crimes. There is however, proof that proves Father Flynn is innocent.
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.
Doubt Based on the evidence in Patrick Shanley’s play, The Doubt: A Parable, Father Flynn is innocent because there is no tangible proof of sexual assault and Sister Aloysius is only trying to hurt Father Flynn for being different. The whole parable is about the term, doubt. It has readers flipping back and forth between the notion of Father Flynn guilty of committing sexual assault, and not being guilty. The end of the parable offers no precise verdict in the case.
Doubt: Innocent priest or child molesting predator? Doubt is a play created by the author John Patrick Shanley in which Father Flynn, a priest, is accused of molesting the young boys at the school in which he is a priest at. In the school there is two teachers who have different opinions on if he is guilty or not. In the play there is many points that lead to believing that Father Flynn is guilty. Father Flynn is guilty because the little boys attending the school are afraid to be alone with him and The mother of a student, Donald Muller; her knowledge on his sexuality.
Even though Meursault makes it perfectly clear that he does not believe in God, does not need help, and does have time to waste on him the chaplain still engages with him. He insists on Meursault giving some faith and repenting his sins, but Meursault’s defiance remains solid. He even calls the chaplain “monsieur”, explaining that he is not and never will be his father. Meursault’s resistance and refusal are almost a sort of ‘opposite reflection’ to the chaplain’s notions. Every time he proposes a religious idea, Meursault is quick to retort with a worldly alternative.
In truth, the Friar is the main person responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s death because Romeo and Juliet’s family and friends did not know and no one took what the Nurse said seriously. However, everyone respected and listened to the Friar because of his status with the church. As a priest, it was his job to protect Romeo and Juliet and yet he failed. He failed because he believed he could make a change, he did not read the signs, and he did not care. “The fool who knows his foolishness is wise at any rate so far.
For Meursault he does not feel remorse for any of his actions or antics because there is no purpose to life; There will be no judgement or ‘Hell’ for Meursault after death. Normally people of faith abide by certain commandments that would thus grant them acceptance to ‘Heaven’. Meursault finds such beliefs as silly and pointless, much like everything else. Meursault holds a pessimistic and absurd outlook on life; Camus made it apparent to infuse his atheistic and existentialistic values into the form of
“So there has been a Deviation; and deviation, any deviation from the true image is blasphemy - no less. You have produced a defilement.” Due to the laws, people had to report to the governor if they see anyone or anything is deviation, so in Waknuk, discrimination is always happening.(Wyndham 72). Likely, this also shown the principles in Waknuk have blinded the people terribly, people always think it is the punishment from God toward them but actually it is not. People in Waknuk are punished each other as well as from the belief spills of the “Old People” have left, however, these principles made the Waknuk society fall.
When Jack cannot think of any confessions in catechism class he listens to Sister James’ own confessions, reflects, and then regurgitates the exact same confessions to the priest, Jack knows that these are not his own sins and that lying about them is not even beneficial to claim but he sees that if someone like Sister James, who has a purpose, an identity, can confess to such acts then maybe if confesses the same he will replicate an identity that is as well founded as her own. This does not occur, later on Jack realises that, “Being so close to so much robust identity made me feel the poverty of my own.” This shows that no matter how hard he attempts to assume an identity the truth always catches up. Jack also goes through periods of trying to adopt a character based on seeing them portrayed positively and ‘respected’, which is an extremely sought after trait for him. For example, when Jack is reading ‘Boy’s Life’ he comments that, “I was really no different from the boys whose hustle and pluck it celebrated.”
Nick Martel Mrs. Schmit English 11 November 4, 2017 Doubt What is doubt? According to google “a feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction.” Father Flynn is accused of a sexual relationship with a young boy named Donald, a young African american boy new to the school.
Neglect happens when a child does not get the love or protection he or she needs. Child neglect is just as serious of abuse and is more common than expected. In the memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn the narrator demonstrates a lost connection between the father and son. The narrator displays how Jonathan was absent from his sons life causing him to react in an absurd way. Flynn conveys both parties in the novel ultimately is lost and leading to Jonathan being guilty in abandoning the relationship with Flynn.
At the end of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, the boy’s father dies and almost immediately thereafter he is found by a new group of well-equipped survivors who even have children and a dog. On the surface, this appears to be a very superficial way to end the novel. The boy and the man live in a dismally bleak world, encountering such horrors as cannibals and rapists at every turn in their journey to the coast. There is very little gratification in the story, if any. Any good fortune they stumble across they are forced to leave behind.
Innocent Until Proven Guilty Innocence is a very tricky subject to cover through the course of a paper. In the play Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley there is one fundamental question. Throughout the story a woman named Sister Aloysius is the principal of St. Nicholas School, and she is suspecting the pastor, Father Flynn, of having inappropriate relations with one of their students, Donald Muller, and wants to have Father Flynn kicked out the church. I am arguing that Father Flynn is an innocent man through the way that he treats and cares about the boys and that Sister Aloysius is a crazed, hell bent woman willing to do anything to get him out of the church.