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* AluminumChristmasTrees: The tiny portable radio with earbud looks quite technologically advanced for 1964, but they were, in fact, available at that time.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: The tiny portable radio with earbud looks quite technologically advanced for 1964, but they were, in fact, available that's what transistor radios looked like at that the time.

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* PassiveAggressiveKombat: Flynn gives a sermon against gossip as a passive-aggressive rebuke of Aloysius's inquiries against him. He doesn't try to deny that it was directed at her.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: The tiny portable radio with earbud looks quite technologically advanced for 1964, but they were, in fact, available at that time.


* AmbiguousSituation: The entire story. And, considering the title and central theme, this is very much the point. The experience of watching it as an audience member can cause someone to see-saw back and forth in their opinion of Father Flynn's doubt or innocence.
** Apparently Shanley wrote the play with a very specific idea of whether or not Father Flynn is guilty, but refuses to tell anyone except the actors who play him. Everyone else (including the other actors) are left to guess.

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* AmbiguousSituation: The entire story. And, considering the title and central theme, this is very much the point. The experience of watching it as an audience member can cause someone to see-saw back and forth in their opinion of Father Flynn's doubt or innocence.
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innocence. Apparently Shanley wrote the play with a very specific idea of whether or not Father Flynn is guilty, but refuses to tell anyone except the actors who play him. Everyone else (including the other actors) are left to guess.



* DoubleStandard: The play is in part about double standards for priests and nuns. Even the ostensibly liberal Father Flynn assumes that the nuns are there to serve him (sometimes literally, as when he [[spoiler: sits down in Sister Aloysis' chair]]). The film pushes this theme even further: at one point, we see the nuns glumly eating a bland, sparse meal, interspersed with shots of Father Flynn and his bishop having a jolly time over wine and steak.

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* DoubleStandard: The play is in part about double standards for priests and nuns. Even the ostensibly liberal Father Flynn assumes that the nuns are there to serve him (sometimes literally, as when he [[spoiler: sits down in Sister Aloysis' chair]]). The film pushes this theme even further: at one point, we see the nuns glumly eating a bland, sparse meal, interspersed with shots of Father Flynn and his bishop having a jolly time over wine and steak.



* TheFundamentalist: Sister Aloysius, at least [[spoiler:until the last line or two]].
** In particular, Sister Aloysius embodies the values of the pre-Vatican II Church, and its stress on discipline, obedience, and absolute certainty. As such, Father Flynn's sermon on the necessity and even ''holiness'' of doubt morally offends her. It's a toss up on which disgusts her more, Flynn's possible pedophilia, or his vision of an open, welcoming Church more concerned with love than holiness.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** Sister Aloysius is introduced walking down the aisle of the church harshly rebuking children who are misbehaving during the sermon.
** The personalities of Aloysius and Flynn are most contrasted in the dinners they hold. Flynn laughs and tells jokes over liquor with the male clergy, while Aloysius holds an austere and silent meal with the nuns, reigning over the table like a tyrant yet also quietly helping an aging nun find her fork.
* TheFundamentalist: Sister Aloysius, at least [[spoiler:until the last line or two]].
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two]]. In particular, Sister Aloysius embodies the values of the pre-Vatican II Church, and its stress on discipline, obedience, and absolute certainty. As such, Father Flynn's sermon on the necessity and even ''holiness'' of doubt morally offends her. It's a toss up on which disgusts her more, Flynn's possible pedophilia, or his vision of an open, welcoming Church more concerned with love than holiness.



* 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; 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.

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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), But she may be right; does seem to have the best intentions. In the film, she has had previous experience in stopping works to protect a pedophile priest (though, nun whose eyesight is failing, and she refuses to stand by when she believes that time she had institutional support), which tends to support the correctness of her belief.a student is being preyed upon.



* IDidWhatIHadToDo: When Sister James [[WhatTheHellHero confronts Sister Aloysius about]] [[spoiler: lying to Flynn]] in the final scene, the latter notes then "In the pursuit of wrongdoing...one steps away from God." She then sadly admits that "there is a price."

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* IDidWhatIHadToDo: IDidWhatIHadToDo:
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When Sister James [[WhatTheHellHero confronts Sister Aloysius about]] [[spoiler: lying to Flynn]] in the final scene, the latter notes then "In the pursuit of wrongdoing...one steps away from God." She then sadly admits that "there is a price.""
** After Aloysius calls out Mrs. Muller/Miller for adamantly staying passive about her son's possible molestation, she explains with anguish that exposing it would get her son killed by his abusive father, while allowing it to continue "just until June" will do more to protect the boy.



* MinimalistCast: It is this in the play version, as noted above.

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* MinimalistCast: It is this in the play version, as noted above.version.



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

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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 in the Trivia subpage).
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* OneWordTitle: The title of ''Doubt'', which is about doubting whether Father Flynn is guilty or innocent. It could also be about faith itself, suggested by Aloysius's final confession of having doubts.



** 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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** Sister Aloysius protects a senile and blinding ailing 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.))
* RedRightHand: Father Flynn's strange fondness for growing his fingernails long, which helps suggest that he might be a weird guy. Aloysius's last line to him in the story is to tell him to clip them.



* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The play and film are inspired by the now-infamous Catholic sex abuse cases.
** 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.
* ShownTheirWork: John Patrick Shanley actually attended and graduated from Catholic schools. It's probably not a coincidence, then, that ''Doubt'' offers up one of the only remotely realistic portrayals of Catholic schools in fiction.
** The nuns are noted for their unusual bonnet-like headgear. This is also real. They are the Sisters of Charity of New York, founded in 1809 by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Ann_Seton Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton]] -- the first American saint. The outfits are based on the Italian-style mourning attire she wore after her husband died.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Donald Muller, which is amended to ''Miller'' in the film version.

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* RightForTheWrongReasons: The film implies that Aloysius might have been right about Flynn molesting an alter boy, but William London instead of Donald Miller. William is shown recoiling from Flynn on several occasions and is said to take any excuse to escape from school. In the end, he smiles when Flynn announces his transfer, while Donald weeps.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The play and film are inspired by the now-infamous Catholic sex abuse cases.
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cases. 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.
* ShownTheirWork: John Patrick Shanley actually attended and graduated from Catholic schools. It's probably not a coincidence, then, that ''Doubt'' offers up one of the only remotely realistic portrayals of Catholic schools in fiction.
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fiction. The nuns are noted for their unusual bonnet-like headgear. This is also real. They are the Sisters of Charity of New York, founded in 1809 by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Ann_Seton Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton]] -- the first American saint. The outfits are based on the Italian-style mourning attire she wore after her husband died.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Donald Muller, which is amended to ''Miller'' in the film version.
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* TitleDrop: "I have doubts! I have such doubts!"

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* TitleDrop: Father Flynn's first sermon touches on doubt. In the end, Aloysius admits, "I have doubts! I have such doubts!"



* WhatTheHellHero: Sister James more than once gets...saddened by Aloysius's actions towards Flynn.

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* WhatTheHellHero: Sister James more than once gets...gets saddened by Aloysius's actions towards Flynn.


* MeanCharacterNiceActor: The original Sister Aloysius, Creator/CherryJones, is one of the friendliest human beings on the planet. The same can be said of her successor in the film adaptation, Creator/MerylStreep.


* MinimalistCast

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* MinimalistCastMinimalistCast: It is this in the play version, as noted above.

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** The nuns are noted for their unusual bonnet-like headgear. This is also real. They are the Sisters of Charity of New York, founded in 1809 by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Ann_Seton Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton]] -- the first American saint. The outfits are based on the Italian-style mourning attire she wore after her husband died.


* 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.)


* 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).


* 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.


* 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.

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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.


* 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.]]

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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.

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