Doubt has ratings and reviews. Ahmad said: Doubt: a parable, John Patrick ShanleyDoubt, A Parable is a play by John Patrick Shanley. Ori. Doubt: A Parable study guide contains a biography of John Patrick Shanley, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and. Doubt is a drama written by John Patrick Shanley. It is about a strict nun who believes that a priest has done something terribly inappropriate to.

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She chides her for “performing” rather than teaching.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. But this doesn’t feel like it has the layers and emotional complexity that the film has, and I wonder if he made bigger coubt than I realize in his adaptation. The fact that it doesn’t provide easy answers is a strength, not a weakness, and it stays true to its central, eponymous theme. The mother tells Sister Aloysius plainly that she is willing to put up with whatever attention Father Flynn gives, because it will only last until the school term is up.

She ignores Aloysius’s accusations. It is this climate that allowed many guilty priests to survive in parishes for so long, with so many lives destroyed. Learning this, Aloysius reveals to Sister James that the decisive phone call was a fabrication.

Preview — Doubt by John Patrick Shanley.

Characters Sister Aloysius Beauvier. Overall, the play is devilishly good: Paradoxically, in this instance, that truth just happens to be the virtue of Doubt.


If Doubt taught me anything, it’s never mess with a nun.

Does the fact that such things happen give us serious doubts about the justice of God, or even His existence? Joe Versus the Volcano Doubt Father Flynn is or is not guilty of child abuse; Sister James is or is not a participant jojn the discovery of the truth; Sister Aloysius is or is not jumping to conclusions based on personal biases — hence, the title patrik the play.

May be Father Flynn is only trying to be helpful and kind, though the evidence disputed in the play tells otherwise.

And, therefore, to doubt. Oct 27, Laura Grable rated it really liked it.

Next Sister Aloysius speaks with father Flynn, who denies and claims that his reputation is at stake.

About John Patrick Shanley. Of course though, the main theme of this play is “doubt” and I love modern drama and I can definitely see why this won the Pulitzer for Drama when it came out in The backdrop of “Doubt” – the Catholic sex abuse scandals of the last decade – gives us reason to draw conclusions from the action. She tells Sister James to think less about herself and observe what is around her. Want to Read saving….

Jan 04, Mj added it Shelves: This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Sister Aloysius is one of the more compelling characters in the play. The mother also offers this judgment: The stakes in this – the life of a child – can easily be ignored so long as our lives continue and our self-images remain.


Nothing is ever spelled out, but Donald’s mother is clear on one thing – Donald is different. We are never sure.

Doubt: A Parable

We might have drawn a conclusion that her traditional ways are superior to the more modern teaching and social styles of Flynn and James. As her doubts mount, those in power keep working to destroy the priest.

If Father Flynn, for example, had been proven to be guilty, then Sister Aloysius’ determination would have been justified in our eyes. My library Help Advanced Book Search. She then leaves the office, disgusted.

Doubt by John Patrick Shanley

Archived from the original on December 19, I don’t think anything was left out How we can be on a patable towards righteousness and deviate from it. Aloysius, dissatisfied with Flynn’s story, meets with Donald’s mother, Mrs. The New York City production, directed by Doug Hugheswas performed in one-act performance, running approximately ninety minutes.