Summary of Doubt, A Parable The play opens with a Father Flynn giving a sermon about having doubts, or being unsure. Following the sermon, Sister Aloysius questions one of the teachers on her staff about the father. She then moves on to talk about a student. From the exchange between the nuns, it is clear that Sister Aloysius does not like Father Flynn. Though the teacher, Sister James, is kind-hearted, Sister Aloysius leads her to believe this is weakness. She also asks Sister James to watch Donald Miller, and Father Flynn. It is also made clear that Sister Aloysius suspects the father of inappropriate behavior with children. Throughout the play, Father Flynn never admits to any of the allegations, but Sister Aloysius makes it apparent that no amount of reasoning can convince her of his innocence. In one scene, the father, Sister James, and Sister Aloysius have all met in Sister Aloysius' office to talk about the Christmas pageant that the school puts on every year. Father Flynn then starts making notes about a sermon about intolerance after speaking with Sister Aloysius. Though the play is somewhat humorous in parts, the plot line is also very dark, being that the preface of every scene is trying to prove Father Flynn has been inappropriate with children. I really enjoyed the play, but I did not like the ending. In the final scene, Father Flynn has left the school because Sister Aloysius essentially threatened him, and she's out in the garden crying. Sister James asks her what is wrong, and she says only “I have doubts”, leading the audience to believe that maybe she has finally accepted Father Flynn's innocence though it is now too late. I wish the ending would have been more descriptive, but on the same coin, I liked how it led the audience to draw it's own conclusions.
Shanley’s thought-provoking, multi-faceted play, Doubt, can be described simply as a battle of diametrically opposed wills and belief systems (mainly that of Sister Aloysius and Father Flynn), appropriately staged primarily in a “court-room style” setting. Those reading and watching the play are, in a way, forced to come to terms with and confront their principle beliefs as they grapple with the enigmatic concepts of judgment, morality, and of course, doubt. In the contest of….
written by John Patrick Shanley and titled Doubt: a Parable, the readers get a central question, asking whether certainty can be equated to truth or not. From one side, some hints outlining the fact that certainty can be equated to truth are evident. On the other side, there are doubts as to whether certainty can be equated to truth. The doubt is thus left unresolved. The play begins with father Flynn’s sermon lecturing regarding certainty as he claims, “Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining….
Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt is no less than a perfect example of film noir. Low-key lighting, dramatic shadow patterning, and camera angles are all expertly used to foreshadow and portray the emotions and psyche of the characters. Hitchcock uses sets and props to mirror scenes, creates characters that are remarkably similar but simultaneously conflicting, and emphasizes emotions that offer contradictions. The sense of duality and contradiction in the film demonstrates how darkness can take….
The Relationship Between Certainty & Doubt
Phelps’ view that “certainty” enables one to “accomplish virtually anything” seems in conflict with Russell’s belief that opinions should be measured with “some sense of doubt”. Upon closer examination what is best when making life decisions is a matter of perspective. When weighing certainty versus doubt in the construct of important choices, it is irrefutable that they are different sides of the same coin; without one there cannot be the other. Absolute….
Faith and Doubt
Throughout history people have doubted and some what questioned religion. Many people have expressed their confusion and questioning about a higher being, because of all the bad that happens around the world. Death, hunger, and War are everyday occurrences. The unknown of creation, and what is true about religion and the bible make people question how such things could happen. Religion teaches people to have faith, but doubt goes hand in hand. Merriam Webster defines….
Analyse the theme of doubt in Hamlet.
In Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, doubt is one of the most important themes. In fact, the whole play is based on the story of a ghost who claims to be Hamlet’s father, and nobody can be sure if what he says is the truth. In this essay, I am going to focus on the theme of doubt throughout the play. I will first speak about the opening scene, and then I will talk about the ghost, which is a supernatural element used by Shakespeare to create doubt in the play. I will….
Certainty and Doubt
Faith, by definition, is the ability to put absolute trust in a laudable source. Faith looks simple on paper, but many struggle with the idea. The setback is finding a trustworthy source to put faith in. Complete certainty is no easy task, but is a life full of doubt much better? It is often believed that if no room is left for doubt, disappointment is inevitable; that if doubt is allowed and expectations are lowered, happiness will only increase because disappointment will….
Doubt in Macbeth
The play Macbeth contains doubt in many different ways. In the beginning of the play, we are struck by a very insecure Macbeth. He is indeed curious about what would happen if he were to take Duncan’s place and become the king of Scotland.
If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well
It were done quickly. If th’assassination
Could trammel up the consequence, and catch
With his surcease success: that but this blow
Might be the be-all and the end-all, here,
some sort of doubt. This conflict between optimism and doubt is most importantly meant to be kept balanced. This balance of doubt and optimism can be seen in the real world in many ways such as in sports or school.
When Phelps said that we need to have an “absolute sense of certainty,” he meant a setting your mind to it mentality. If you can imagine it then you can do it. This however, is not healthy and must be counteracted by Russell’s statement by always having “some measure of doubt.” When the….
Because doubt often takes over in our minds, therefore it can stop us from accomplishing tasks that we are certain we can do, since certainty comes through our minds and easily exits leaving us in doubt about what could have been. On the other hand, certainty gives confidence to people who become so overwhelmed with doubt. Certainty is what allows us to have more confidence to accomplish anything that other people may believe is the impossible. More than likely there have been many cases in history….