Charles Darwins theory of evolution was one of the most revolutionary scientific ideas to emerge
during the nineteenth century. The theory, which Darwin developed in his landmark work On the
Origin of Species (1859), proposes that the living organ
Themes, Motifs & Symbols
Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work.
Fundamentalism vs. Freedom of Thought
Although the trial in Inherit the Wind concerns the battle between creationism and evolutionism, a
Act Two, Scene II
The individual human mind. In a childs power to master the multiplication table there is more
sanctity than in all your shouted Amens!, Holy, Holies! and Hosannahs! An idea is a
greater monument than a cathedral. And the advance
Analysis of Major Characters
The infamous criminal-defense attorney Henry Drummond arrives in Hillsboro vilified as an atheist
but leaves, after losing the trial, as a hero. To the audienceand to many of the townspeople
Drummond makes a con
All shine, and no substance!
The next day, the courtroom audience awaits the jurys verdict. Hornbeck enters and mockingly
bows before Brady. Cates and Drummond discuss whether Cates will go to jail. Drummond tells
the story of Golden Dan
Act One, Scene II
Several days later, the prosecution (Brady and Davenport) and the defense (Drummond) interview
townspeople to serve as members of the jury. The scene opens during of the prosecutions
questioning of a local man, Bannister. Davenpo
Act One, Scene I
H O W A R D : Whatre yuh skeered of? You was a worm once!
M E L I N D A : (Shocked) I wasnt neither.
H O W A R D : You was so! When the whole world was covered with water, there was nothin but worms
and blobs of jelly. And you and
At the courthouse in Hillsboro, a small Southern town, Bertram Cates is behind bars, awaiting trial
for teaching his students about Darwins theory of evolution. Rachel Brown, a friend and fellow
teacher who also is the daughter of the towns
Bertram Cates - A twenty-four-year-old science teacher and the defendant in the trial. A soft-spoken
and humble man, Cates has been arrested for teaching his students the theory of evolution from a
biology textbook. His outlook on human kno
Act Two, Scene I
On the courthouse lawn, two workmen discuss what to do about the Read Your Bible! banner.
One of them says they should leave it up. Brady walks up, followed by a crowd of reporters, all
of them except Hornbeck taking notes. A Brit