John Stanley Doubt

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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. In the play, there are two main characters that show the contrast between trust and doubt. The nuns, Sister Aloysius and Sister James, have opposing personalities and self-confidence. Firstly, Sister Aloysius and Sister James both work for the service of God, but they are not similar…show more content…
Even though she could never find the evidence that Father Flynn was committing atrocities, sister Aloysius continue to blame him. On the other hand, Sister James who was optimistic in finding a coherent answer to this mystery and although she had seen evidence from the child, she did not trust herself to accuse the priest definitely. Sister Aloysius shows us how life for her was so hard and self-confident, because she would rather trust in her instinct than anyone else. Sister James chooses to believe in the good faith in people, but sister Aloysius prefers to doubt others and trust only herself. It might seem that Sister James and Sister Aloysius have explored different experiences that have showed their characters. The first experience shows compassion and concern, but the second experience gives hardness and countless doubts. In fact, it is because of her that we, the public, end up thinking that she was right because the mystery all left us in doubt. The doubt that sister Aloysius do not have pieces of evidence makes the play very
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