Doubt Movie Analysis

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Doubt
In the movie Doubt, written and directed by John Patrick Shanley, we follow a catholic church in 1964 as it deals with suspicions of child molestation. Through observations by Sister James, played by Amy Adams, and a telephone game with Sister Aloysius, the audience find themselves making their own conclusions from the very beginning. As the movie progresses and the audience even meets the mother of Donald Miller, the supposed victim, whoms gives reason as to why Father Flynn and her son are close. In the end, Sister Aloysius tricks Father Flynn into resigning from his position by admitting she contacted the past three churches he was presiding in. The motion picture, adapted by Shanley’s own parable, produces a number of philosophical entities. These predominant characters in the film hold characteristics that relate to the three difference theories of knowledge. Miss Amy Adams’ character holds traits that lead the audience to believe she is the skeptic, while Father Flynn’s constant questioning of Sister Aloysius’ reasoning brands him as the rationalist; leaving Meryl Streep’s character as the empiricist.
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Modernized by John Locke, this theory believes that our knowledge comes from what we see, hear, touch, smell, and/or taste. (Book 40-60) David Hume, widely seen as one of the greatest philosophers of all time, believed that any knowledge gained came from experience. In Doubt, during an altercation between Sister James and Sister Aloysius, James begs that question: “How can you be sure he’s lying?” Streep’s character answers with a simple “Experience.” (Indiegroundfilms.com) While the response may fly over most of the audience’s head as nothing more than an answer, it is a key point in identifying the character’s Philosophical standpoint in this

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