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Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

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Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

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About the Title

The title of the play Inherit the Wind comes from a verse in the King James version of the Bible (Proverbs 11:29): "He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise in heart." It can be interpreted that when individuals create problems in their homes, communities, or countries, they may end up destroying that which is most precious to them. The use of the phrase foreshadows the self-destructive actions of several of the characters.


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