Have you ever felt doubt in your life? In John Patrick Shanley’s play, Doubt, he says “It is Doubt that changes thing.” His play is about a strict nun, Sister Aloysius, who believes that a priest, Father Flynn, has done something terribly inappropriate to one of the students. Shanley set his play in a Catholic school in the Bronx. Sister Aloysius is the principal of the school, overseeing many teachers, including young Sister James.
During our lives we all need to trust somebody and to be trusted . From the very early age we realize what trust means; parents are the first people who makes us understand that notion. But they are not the only people who we learn trust from, as schools have a great role in teaching it to us as well. We trust out teachers, school principals and they trust on us and our parents. That is how we establish community build on trustworthy relationship.
I gathered a lot of evidence throughout Patrick Shanley’s play, Doubt: A Parable, and I conclude that Father Flynn is guilty due to Donald being a very easy target and Father Flynn acting is very odd ways. Donald Muller, the little boy in the story, seems to be a very easy target for a predator. Donald is very isolated in school. He does not have any friends, so he the fact that the priest would accept him would make him feel accepted in the school. Donald is also the only black boy within the entire school.
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.
Doubt, a film taking place in New York during the 1960s, focuses on the accusation of a priest, Father Flynn, being a child predator by a nun, Sister Aloysius. The credibility of Sister Aloysius and Father Flynn are often brought into question throughout the film. As the evidence gathered was mostly circumstantial and created through assumptions, Father Flynn did not harm Donald Miller at any instance despite the constant pressure from Aloysius to admit his guilt by leaving the parish. Sister Aloysius is displayed as old fashioned and spiteful towards change. Her denial of change stems from the smallest and pettiest of objects: ballpoint pens and Christmas songs.
When most people feel like they are close to God; they usually make good moral decisions. In Doubt by John Patrick Shanley; Sister Aloysius tells Sister James that “In the pursuit of wrongdoing, one steps away from God. Of course, there’s a price.” When stepping away from God someone is committing sins and they are doing things that are usually not accepted. As the main characters stepped away from God, they had to pay the price of making wrong choices and the price of being pressured by those choices.
Based on the evidence in Patrick Shanley’s play, Doubt: A Parable, I conclude Father Flynn is guilty because of his abrupt leaving and his demeanor. In the play, Father Flynn does not seem suspicious in the very beginning, but along the play, there are little bits of evidence that lead me to believe that Father Flynn is in fact guilty. Sister Aloysius accuses Father Flynn of child molesting the new black kid Donald Muller because some of Father Flynn’s actions are questioning. Sister James explains the evidence that leads Sister Aloysius to believe her own story: “No.
John Patrick Shanley's work, Doubt: A Parable, is a thought-provoking play that makes the reader question his or her thoughts. The story takes place in 1964, at St. Nicholas, a Catholic school and church, where accusations against Father Flynn start to arise. Main characters, Sister Aloysius and Father Flynn get into a dispute over Donald Mueller, the first and only black student in the school. The interactions between Aloysius and Flynn creates the question every reader is dying to figure out: is father Flynn guilty of sexual abuse or innocent? Gaining evidence from the play, Doubt: A Parable, I infer that Father Flynn is guilty because of his past and mannerisms.
No two people are the same and the way each one of us develops is a mystery we can only explain by a set of theories. For this assignment the theory that aligns with my worldview is one proposed by Erik Erikson known as the Psychosocial Theory. Erik Erikson was one of many followers of Sigmund Freud who believed the unconscious mind and earl childhood development influence the way we think and behave in our lifetime. Erikson stresses that cultural diversity, social change, psychological crises during our life determine the outcome of these eight developmental stages from birth till death (Berger, 2014). Although we all go through these eight stages, the outcome for each individual will be different.
In our everyday life, we come across different types of people, situations, events, and environments. The interactions between the individuals depend on implicit under- standing of relationship across society. This implicit understanding between individ- uals is based on the confidence that the individuals can gather and emanate during the relationships, the personal and professional connections bonding the individuals, societies, cultures, and a host of other factors. When I meet a new car mechanic, I feel confident to give him the responsibilities of repairing my car based on my personal interactions or hunch about his abilities, his credentials, the company he represents, and a host of other factors. In other words, my decision to ask for
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.