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Doubt: A Parable: Introduction
Doubt: A Parable: Plot Summary
Doubt: A Parable: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Doubt: A Parable: Themes
Doubt: A Parable: Quotes
Doubt: A Parable: Characters
Doubt: A Parable: Symbols
Doubt: A Parable: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of John Patrick Shanley
Historical Context of Doubt: A Parable
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- Full Title: Doubt: A Parable
- When Published: Premiered on November 23, 2004 at the Manhattan Theatre Club
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Drama
- Setting: A Catholic church and school in the Bronx in 1964
- Climax: Confronting Father Flynn, Sister Aloysius lies and says that a nun from his previous parish told her that he has a history of sexually abusing young boys. His explosive reaction confirms her suspicion that he is, in fact, a child molester.
- Antagonist: Father Flynn
Extra Credit for Doubt: A Parable
The Big Screen. In 2008, John Patrick Shanley adapted and directed Doubt, turning it into a movie starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis.
Inspiration. John Patrick Shanley based the character of Sister James on Margaret McEntee, who was his teacher in Catholic school. McEntee later worked as the technical advisor for the film adaptation of Doubt.