Inherit the Wind
A play written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Meet the Stars:

· Rachel Brown:Rachel is in her early twenties and fairly pretty. She is in love with Bertram Cates against her father’s will. Her father is Rev. Brown and thus, grew up in a very strict household. At the beginning of the novel Rachel is a timid and nervous young woman but through the course of the trial she comes out of her cocoon like a butterfly.
· Bertram Cates:Cates is whom the whole play is based around. Cates is a thin man in his mid-twenties. He is rather quiet and polite and not particularly attractive. Rachel is in love with him and in turn he is in love with her. He is a bit apprehensive about going through with the trial but pushes on even through the jury’s verdict.
· Rev. Jeremiah Brown:Brown is a scrawny man with a harsh personality. He controls his daughter’s, Rachel’s, life even though she old enough to have a life of her own. Reverend Brown is overly passionate about his faith and tends to be too dramatic about how sinners should be punished.
· E.K. Hornbeck:Hornbeck is the most sarcastic character in the novel. Hailing from the big city he frowns about the “uncivilized” world of Hillsboro. His dry wit brings a bit of interesting humor to the play.
· Matthew Harrison Brady: This three time Presidential candidate is the proud and very confident, attorney for the prosecution. Brady is in his later years and balding. He is accompanied by his motherly wife who is his main support system, aside from his adoring fans.
· Henry Drummond: Drummond, the attorney for the defense, is not exactly the most popular man in the town of Hillsboro. Hailing from out of state Drummond is known for getting guilty suspects off scot-free. He takes cases that interest him and where he believes the suspects are innocent. Looking past his dry wit and sarcasm, Drummond is very kind and charitable.

Inherit the Wind, inspired by the event known as Scope’s Monkey Trial, is a courtroom play based in the small, fictional town of Hillsboro, Tennessee. Bertrum Cates is the schoolteacher on trial for teaching his class about the theory of Evolution, which is against the law. Hillsboro is being monitored by newspaper and radio men from all over the country. One of the greatest news reporters, E.K. Hornbeck, brings his sarcastic wit to the town of Hillsboro. He sticks out like a sore thumb because of his sarcastic attitude and the fact that he believes everything opposite than the good, religious people of Hillsboro. For the prosecution, three time presidential candidate and well-known religious man, Matthew Harrison Brady is called in for the trial. For the defense the infamous Henry Drummond is called in. Drummond says he is an agnostic and believes in the theory of evolution and in the right to think. According to Drummond the only thing on trial is the right to think freely. Reverend Brown, who is the town’s only preacher, highly disapproves of not only Drummond but Cates as well; even though his only daughter, Rachel, is in love with Bertrum Cates. The courtroom is completely filled with spectators that are with buzz of excitement and curiosity. The courtroom is tense with respectable arguments between the two counselors as the each try to convince the jury of their opinions. It is a fairly short trial but a lot happens. At one point Drummond calls Brady to the stand and completely embarrasses him and makes him look like a fool. Brady’s once loyal followers soon see that he is not the perfect man they thought. Before long, the jurors come back with a verdict. They decide that Mr. Cates is guilty. Although he does get off with only a fine, Cates cannot tell if he won or lost. Drummond says that he won because he paved the way for the next man to stand up for what he believes. Brady loses his devotees and thus, loses the will to live and ends up dying. Rachel gains the confidence to leave her controlling father and she and Cates runaway together. In the end, everyone learns to tolerate not only the Evolution theory, but all beliefs and most are no longer prejudice.
Essential Questions:
1. How do we handle individual differences? We handle individual differences by telling other individuals where we stand and even though we might disagree there has to be something we do agree on. I think everyone should be clear on his/her beliefs while still being respect other beliefs/opinions.
2. Does tolerance equal acceptance? Tolerance does not equal acceptance because you can put up with some else's beliefs or ideas without actually believing or accepting them for yourself.
3. Can we tolerate someone/something without agreeing with them/it? Yes, I believe we can tolerate someone/something without totally agreeing with it. For example, as a Christian I don’t support homosexuality but since moving to CV I have met some very nice people that are homosexual. They knew where I stand on their beliefs and if I need to I can defend my beliefs. But just because I don’t agree with their beliefs doesn’t mean I can’t be friends with them. So I do think we can tolerate another’s beliefs.


::::Abby's Opinion::::

I really enjoyed this book/play. The authors are excellent writers and it was refreshing to read a classic novel that wasn't deep and hard to understand. The characters were so diverse and most of them were very funny. This is one the list of my favorite books I have ever read in English class.

By reading this book I think one can learn to tolerate other beliefs while still standing up for your own beliefs. Also, the reader can learn how to turn life’s troubles into good things. For example, Rachel went through life with a strict and harsh father, but through the events that went on during the trial, Rachel learned how to be independent and make choices for herself. Rachel was able to turn hard times into great results. We can learn a lot from the development of Rachel and other characters.

From this essay I learned how to analyze each character's unique personality and how to put that into an essay. In the entirety of this unit I think I did well on reading comprehnsion. I think I could improve on participating more in class.