"Doubt" by Shanley. Motives of Sister Aloysious

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One of the main characters of the Parable was Sister Aloysius Beauvier. The moral drama arose around her suspicions that Father Flynn molested one of the students. Sister Aloysius was sure that there was something wrong with Father Flynn, even before she found out about the incident with Donald Muller. She wanted to get rid of Father Flynn only because she personally disliked his progressive behavior. Throughout the story Sister Aloysius was certain about her views, and refused to accept that there was a possibility that Father Flynn was innocent. This moral egoism represented the strength of her character and at the same time her weakness which lead to the final tragic conclusion. Sister Aloysius was described as a narrow minded and a very judgmental person, who didn’t want to accept any authority but her own. According to a church hierarchy, a nun was a subordinate to the priest, no matter how smart or experienced she was, she had no power. That was another motive for Sister Aloysius to dislike Father Flynn. She wanted him to be removed from St. Nicholas, which would grant her the only authority. That is also a reason that she tried to make Father Flynn confess, because no one would pay attention to her accusations. Sister Aloysius felt discomfort with all Father Flynn’s progressive attitudes. She was against of using ballpoint pen. She was disgusted with his long fingernails. She couldn’t accept his teaching style. Father Flynn had an open, comfortable, yet firm relationship with the boys, he was coaching. Sister Aloysius used an opposite way of communication with her students. We could notice it in her advice to Sister James: “They should be uncomfortable at your presence. They’re children. They can talk to each other. It is more important they have a fierce moral guardian.” (1943) Thus, she uses the fact that Father Flynn was teaching the boys on how to be men to support her accusations. Her personal dislike for his progressive behavior increased her...
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