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Sister Aloysiuss attitude in Doubt

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Medora Choi 4th August, 2009 How would it be most fair to characterize Sister Aloysius's attitude: doubtful? skeptical? paranoid? An American law court can only establish guilt beyond reasonable doubt, but Sister Aloysius is bound by no such restraint. Considering the offense that she fears has occurred, and the information that she has with regard to that supposed offense, are her actions towards Father Flynn justified? Thesis: Sister Aloysius's attitude would be characterize fairly as skeptical but as the story progressed, her attitude transitions to the state of being paranoid as her actions towards Father Flynn are not justified. Medora Choi 4th August, 2009 How would it be most fair to characterize Sister Aloysius's attitude: doubtful? skeptical? paranoid? An American law court can only establish guilt beyond reasonable doubt, but Sister Aloysius is bound by no such restraint. Considering the offense that she fears has occurred, and the information that she has with regard to that supposed offense, are her actions towards Father Flynn justified? ...read more.

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He would set his foot on fire for half a day out of school" (8). Sister Aloysius thinks the way that Sister James teaches History is wrong because it will "risk swaying the children to value it over their other subjects" (10), when she did not know that in order for children to do well in a subject, they must love the subject first, therefore, she took away Sister James' joy towards teaching and took away the passion the children has towards History. Lastly, when Sister Aloysius discussed the Christmas pageant with Father Flynn, this part in the story shows the difference between the two characters as Father Flynn suggested that "it must be jolly to include a secular song" (28), whilst Sister Aloysius has said before "when one takes on the habit, one must close the door on secular things" (18). Hence, this caused tension between them as what Father Flynn wants is not Sister Aloysius' way of doing things leading to the skepticism she has about Father Flynn. Sister Aloysius is overly-confident because of her age and her insecurity. ...read more.

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That she is jealous that he is younger than her, yet she has to respect him as his rank in St. Nicholas is more significant than her. This explains the last sentence of the play when she said "I have doubts! I have such doubts!" (58). It shows how paranoid she is because none of her certainty of doubts in others such as Father Flynn were ever justified, she is always left with doubts, therefore, the book ended with her in doubts. Overall, Sister Aloysius's attitude is characterizing as skepticism which then builds up to the state of being paranoid. She built a wall of doubts due to her insecurity in others. Hence, she can never fully trust or rely on anyone but herself. She uses her position in St. Nicholas to play the game of power in the society in order to gain her reputation and her certainty towards the doubts she has in others. Therefore, she did not justify the action for Father Flynn because she none of her doubts are answered or resolved. ...read more.

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