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Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

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Henry Drummond, Act 2, Scene 2 n idea is a greater monument than a cathedral. Sources:, The Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute, New York Times Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Radio Represents the media’s impact on the trial and public opinion The Bible & On the Origin of Species Stand for the conflict between religion and science Golden Dancer Symbolizes ideas or people that are too good to be true Symbols Cynical reporter for the Baltimore Herald covering the trial; on the side of Cates E.K. Hornbeck Intelligent, idealistic high school science teacher on trial for teaching evolution Bertram Cates Fundamentalist Christian and populist political figure; lawyer for the prosecution Matthew Harrison Brady Experienced, progressive-minded lawyer hired by the Baltimore Herald to defend Cates Henry Drummond Main Characters Lawrence and Lee wrote Inherit the Wind around the time of the 1950s Red Scare, when several actors and writers were put on trial and blacklisted for supposed communist sympathies. Although it takes place in the 1920s, the play upholds the notion of intellectual freedom that was under attack during the Red Scare. JEROME LAWRENCE (1915–2004)ROBERT E. LEE (1918–94) Authors Brady’s hubris and arrogance lead to the defense’s victory. Destructive Power of Pride Drummond believes that discouraging new ideas hinders progress. Right to Think Even one person as anonymous as Bertram Cates can affect tremendous change. Importance of the Individual When Bertram Cates is arrested for breaking a law prohibiting the teaching of evolution, his trial sparks a legal firestorm. Two prominent men—lawyer Henry Drummond and fundamentalist Matthew Harrison Brady—come to the small town of Hillsboro to do battle over intellectual Fighting for the Right to Think THEMES English Original Language 1955 Year Published Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee Authors Inherit the Wind Drama Play

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