Analysis Of Doubt, A Parable By John Patrick Shanley

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What does the text suggest about how one’s way of thinking directs their course of action?
In the modern play, Doubt, A Parable, John Patrick Shanley creates the thought provoking idea of how an individual accuses another of wrongdoing, and acts on such accusations, based on weak groundwork formed with no real substance, but rather their dislike for the other based on their conflicting values. The predator excuses their unfounded doubts on their vigilance, when rather it is due to their ignorance and intolerance.
The reader see Sister Aloysius’ evident dislike for Father Flynn through the sugar incident, which coincides with Sister Aloysius’ discovery of Father Flynn’s nails. Sister Aloysius is about to serve Father Flynn when she notices his nails and completely stills. By her next phrase, “Oh yes,” the reader recognizes how
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He pushes on the walls of her firm values, and Sister Aloysius intensely dislikes this, as seen with her appalled response. As well, the reader sees a similar response of concealed fury from Sister Aloysius when she notices that Father Flynn uses a ballpoint pen. Earlier on in the play the reader is informed of Sister Aloysius’ hatred for ballpoint pens, and such is evidently displayed with her tone when she mentions Father Flynn’s use of ballpoint pens. By associating ballpoint pens to Father Flynn, Sister Aloysius naturally develops negative feelings for Father Flynn. In addition, Father Flynn has an extremely different approach to education, in comparison to Sister Aloysius. Father Flynn believes in having a relaxed relationship with one’s students, whereas Sister Aloysius believes in strict teaching. Such is seen when Father Flynn is willing to neglect Donald Muller’s offence of drinking altar wine, whereas Sister Aloysius is not. Although Sister Aloysius does not directly comment on Father Flynn’s teaching, noting her comments on Sister James teaching style, similar to

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