History Theatre / Doubt

8th Feb '18 4:36:41 AM OrangenChan
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* PetTheDog: Played with. Father Flynn comforts Sister James about her brother and life under Sister Aloysis partway through the story. Whether this is actual dog petting or him just trying to throw her off his trail is unclear.
** Sister Aloysius protects a senile and blinding nun from getting kicked out. (Whether this is actually altruistic is debatable, as the sister in question would be taken care of...but she would likely be replaced by a lay teacher, something Sister Aloysius dislikes.

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* PetTheDog: PetTheDog:
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Played with. Father Flynn comforts Sister James about her brother and life under Sister Aloysis partway through the story. Whether this is actual dog petting or him just trying to throw her off his trail is unclear.
** Sister Aloysius protects a senile and blinding nun from getting kicked out. (Whether this is actually altruistic is debatable, as the sister in question would be taken care of...but she would likely be replaced by a lay teacher, something Sister Aloysius dislikes.)
11th Jan '18 12:29:49 PM Everdream
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* NoEnding: Cast members have said that the third act of the play is the discussion that takes place amongst the audience afterward. Also, the question of whether or not Flynn is guilty is never resolved (see ShrugOfGod below).

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* NoEnding: Cast members have said that the third act of the play is the discussion that takes place amongst the audience afterward. Also, the question of whether or not Flynn is guilty is never resolved (see ShrugOfGod below).in the Trivia subpage).
31st Jul '17 10:53:38 AM NWolfman
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* TheGhost: Everyone ''not named'' Sister Aloysius, Sister James, Father Flynn, and Mrs. Muller in the play. Averted in the film version.

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* TheGhost: Everyone ''not named'' Sister Aloysius, Sister James, Father Flynn, and Mrs. Muller are the only characters who appear in the play. Averted in with the film version.version, however.
22nd Mar '17 7:52:02 AM Malady
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* MortonsFork: Sister Aloysius at the end. If she is correct about Flynn's guilt [[spoiler: all she's done is gotten him KickedUpStairs into a position where he can do even greater harm.]] If she is wrong, [[spoiler:her own petty prejudices led her to persecute a completely innocent man, and deprived a vulnerable student of his only protection.]]

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* MortonsFork: Sister Aloysius at the end. If she is correct about Flynn's guilt [[spoiler: all she's done is gotten him KickedUpStairs into a position where he can do even greater harm.]] If she is wrong, [[spoiler:her own petty prejudices led her to persecute a completely innocent man, and deprived a vulnerable student of his only protection.]]protection]].



* OneWordTitle: The title of ''Doubt'', which is about doubting whether Father Flynn is guilty or innocent.



* TautologicalTemplar: Sister Aloysius doesn't have any concrete proof against Father Flynn? No matter. She doesn't like him or his vision for the Church; that's the only proof she needs.



* TautologicalTemplar: Sister Aloysius doesn't have any concrete proof against Father Flynn? No matter. She doesn't like him or his vision for the Church; that's the only proof she needs.
15th Jan '17 2:19:18 PM creader
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12th Sep '16 12:24:24 PM NWolfman
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* ShrugOfGod: Shanley has been rather hesitant, if not unwilling, to say whether Flynn was guilty or innocent. The only ones who also know this are the actors who have played him, and they aren't telling either.
** Only the actors who've played Flynn on Broadway and in the movie version get this luxury. In community theater/college productions, even the actor playing Flynn has to figure it out for himself.
17th Jun '16 10:35:52 PM NEinDC
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* GoodIsNotNice: One of the central issues in the play. Aloysius is unfriendly, unforgiving, cold and cynical. She treats her students like inmates, unlike the liberal and friendly Father Flynn. But, as mean as Aloysius is (and as much as we want her to be wrong), she may be right.

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* GoodIsNotNice: One of the central issues in the play. Aloysius is unfriendly, unforgiving, cold and cynical. She treats her students like inmates, unlike the liberal and friendly Father Flynn. But, as mean as Aloysius is (and as much as we want her to be wrong), she may be right. right; she has had previous experience in stopping a pedophile priest (though, that time she had institutional support), which tends to support the correctness of her belief.



* LyingToThePerp: [[spoiler:Aloysius lies that she interviewed one of Flynn's former priest coworkers, which causes Flynn to get hot under the collar as he assumes she knows a dirty secret of his.]]

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* LyingToThePerp: [[spoiler:Aloysius lies that she interviewed talked to a nun at one of Flynn's former priest coworkers, previous parishes, which causes Flynn to get hot under the collar as he assumes believes she knows a dirty secret of his.]]
24th Apr '16 6:18:20 AM VoxAquila
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** The debate within the Church between traditionalists and progressives has only grown more heated since TheSixties, with each side blaming the other for the aforementioned crisis.
2nd Apr '16 12:28:08 PM VoxAquila
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* {{Hypocrite}}: Both Sister Aloysius and Father Flynn have their moments, as when she's caught listening to the radio she took from one of the students, or when he, for all his supposed progressiveness, has no problem lording his position over the sisters.
2nd Apr '16 12:25:18 PM VoxAquila
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* DarkAndTroubledPast: It's clear from Father Flynn's actions that he's done ''something'' that would ruin him if it ever became public. Whether or not it is something as [[MoralEventHorizon vile as child molestation]], of course, is entirely up to the audience's interpretation.
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