Plot[ edit ] In at a Catholic church in The BronxNew York Father Flynn gives a sermon on the nature of doubt, noting that like faithdoubt can be a unifying force. Sister Aloysius, the strict principal of the parish schoolbecomes concerned when she sees a boy pull away from Father Flynn in the school courtyard. At dinner, she asks her fellow nuns if they know why Father Flynn would preach about doubt, and instructs them to be alert to a possible problem in the school.
Both characters recognize that there are significant problems in their world. Their attempts at "doing detective work" are ones that seek to recognize the source of problems in their world. Barbara spends much of the play seeking to get a better hold of her domestic Barbara spends much of the play seeking to get a better hold of her domestic life.
This extends to her realm as wife and mother and to the realm of her extended family as daughter. Barbara struggles through the harsh truth of familial dysfunction in order to gain a better understanding of the realities in which she lives and from which she has originated.
Barbara sifts through the wreckage of family strife in order to better understand her past and her present. It is a form of detective work because it involves uncovering realities that had been kept from view.
At the same time, it is a harsh truth that emerges in terms of understanding her own identity in the face of emotional challenges.
She experiences isolation and loneliness in the name of the truth, representing the challenges of a real detective in the dogged pursuit of discovery. Sister Aloysius pursues the truth in much the same way.
She is convinced that something inappropriate has happened between Donald and Father Flynn. Sister Aloysius pursues what she feels to be the truth and uncovers uncomfortable realities as a result. She must confront a part of her parish that would rather be kept in silence. Like Barbara, she must battle through emotional inertia in order to find the truth.
Sister Aloysius is dogged in her pursuit because she believes that what she is doing must be done. This is similar to how Barbara recognizes that she must assert control of a situation both in her immediate and extended family that is spiraling out of control.
In much the same way, Sister Aloysius seeks to establish control and provide a sense of grounded reality in a world that is devoid of focus. Sister Aloysius pursues the truth in a determined manner. Like Barbara who is searching for a personal sense of truth and understanding to explain the events in her own life, Sister Aloysius recognizes that the truth must be discovered to bring order into her world of the church.
Another similarity between both emotional gumshoes is that they are driven to assert control. Both women are not passive in any way. Barbara is not the type of detective who will go wherever the evidence leads her.
This same element of control is seen in her physically reprimanding her daughter. Barbara is focused and assertive in what she wants to do and how she wants to get it done.
Such a temperament causes Bill to remark about this quality in his wife: She is fiercely driven both in her pursuit of the truth, but also in how she functions. She believes ball point pens give students an easy way out of their mistakes and that fountain pens compel commitment and a sense of absolutism.
This same level of control is seen in how she runs her school. Sister Aloysius presence is one of control and determination, evident in the passion of her convictions: You should understand that, or you will mistake me.
In both detectives, the drive for the truth is reflective of an unbreakable will. It is evident that both characters seek to control, manifested in their various pursuits. I think that a difference in the world of both women is based on personal opinion.
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In much the same way, Sister Aloysius seeks to establish control and provide a sense of grounded reality in a world that is devoid of focus.
Sister Aloysius pursues the truth in a determined manner. Just as hard was the sweetest character in the movie, the one whose name Shanley had borrowed from his past -- Sister James, who challenges Sister Aloysius.
Amy Adams called Shanley in New York and told him she was in town. Meryl Streep as Sister Aloysius in Doubt Doubt (Miramax Films) has a flaw that movie critics will fall on like crazed Swedish vampires and most audiences won't care about at all: It's a filmed.
Flynn goes on to say that it is he, not Sister Aloysius, that really cares about the boy. Sister Aloysius meets with Donald Miller's mother regarding her suspicions.
Mrs. Miller shocks Sister Aloysius with her lack of interest in the alleged misconduct on Father Flynn's part.