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Doubt

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2009

    Great Read!

    I loved "Doubt." It was a very easy play to read and leaves the reader asking questions which is clearly intentional. Shanley could have answered many questions, but allowing the reader to use their imagination is better. I wish there was a bit more background information on the characters. Since it is so short, there isn't much room for character development. I suppose this is because "Doubt" is a limited glimpse into Catholic education in the 1960s. Suspenseful, thrilling, unpredictable. It can easily be read in one sitting! I really enjoyed it, its hard not to like it- it grabs you and holds you for all 120 pages! The sermon about gossip was particularly engaging- especially that scene in the movie. BUT- I recommend reading the play first, then seeing the movie. Use your imagination first, then see what Hollywood came up with!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    It's in the title

    I had to read this book for my English class that is required for my major. I'm not a fan of drama literature, however this book truly interested me because it has you guessing and nothing can really be proven by fact, only by one's own perspective of interpretation. If you like the to see a play where you can argue for or against characters I would recommend you to giving this book a try.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    No Doubts here

    I'm designing sound for this play for work, reading it was very enjoyable.

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  • Posted July 15, 2009

    An Applicable Parable

    John Patrick Shanley's "Doubt" is certainly a work that will inspire introspection. It is not for the faint of faith, certainly, though by the end of the read, anyone would be. A striking drama between insecurity and certainty, between morals and beliefs, between Heaven and Hell. Definitely not a "light" read, though only 58 pages. This could shake even the firmest beliefs in anyone. And most certainly, don't skip the prologue. It's a work in its own right.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    Ignorance is not bliss, especially for those victimized by it

    Doubt speaks to a plague that has been with humanity since the beginning. That is, we have an irrepressible penchant for inverted justice: instead of individuals being innocent until proven guilty, they are viewed as guilty until proven innocent. This plague of ignorance, and it's mate, judgmentalness, spreads and contaminates. Lives are ruined, names and reputations, blackened. We see what we want to see (believing is seeing), and that becomes our reality. Perception is distorted, belief is reinforced, reality takes hold. John Patrick Shanley brilliantly teaches this in a play that, ironically, has as its context, the scandal-ridden Roman Catholic Church. He masterfully demonstrates the very real dangers and consequences of being judgmental and self-righteous, and that there really is no such thing as innocent gossip.

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