Suspicion and Conviction in “Doubt: A Parable” and “Hamlet”


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Suspicion and Conviction in "Doubt: A Parable" and "Hamlet"
Both John Patrick Shanley's award-winning 2004 play Doubt: A Parable and the classic Shakespeare drama Hamlet deal on complicated and serious levels with the common human emotion of doubt, and its opposite, conviction. What we find interesting about both of these plays are the similar ways in which they deal with the universal emotion of doubt, and this paper will briefly show how both works do this in several basic ways.
The classic play Hamlet, with which most people are familiar, deals with the consequences of familial betrayal and the revenge of a young heir, Hamlet, upon an uncle he believes to have murdered his father and married his widowed mother. In the case of Hamlet,...
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.....n the introduction to his play, Shanley concludes his introductory comments by writing that “we've got to learn to live with a full measure of uncertainty. There is no last word” (Shanley ix-x). As we can see from both his own play and from Hamlet, the inability of characters to live with uncertainty and doubt can result in conflict and sometimes tragedy, and the difficult and troublesome search for conviction is not always easily or satisfactorily resolved.
Works Cited
Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. Gutenberg Online eText #1524 (no line numbers). Gutenberg Foundation 2009. Accessed 26 November 2010 from:
Shanley, John Patrick. Doubt: A Parable. New York: Theater Communications Group 2005.