Scopes ' conviction for teaching Charles Darwin 's theory of evolution to a high school science classcontrary to a Tennessee state law. The role of Matthew Harrison Brady is intended to reflect the personality and beliefs of William Jennings Bryanwhile that of Henry Drummond is intended to be similar to that of Clarence Darrow.
The role of Matthew Harrison Brady is intended to reflect the personality and beliefs of William Jennings Bryanwhile that of Henry Drummond is intended to be similar to that of Clarence Darrow.
Bryan and Darrow, formerly close friends, opposed one another at the Scopes trial. The character of E. Hornbeck is modeled on that of H. However, the playwrights state in a note at the opening of the play that it is not meant to be a historical account,  and there are numerous instances where events were substantially altered or invented.
Bryan did die shortly after the trial, but it happened five days later in his sleep. The play was also intended to defend intellectual freedom.
According to Lawrence, "we used the teaching of evolution as a parable, a metaphor for any kind of mind control [ He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: Cast of characters[ edit ] Matthew Harrison Brady, a three-time presidential candidate and nationally known attorney.
He is a Populist and still a dynamic public speaker, even though he is in his late 60s or early 70s. He is about the same age as Brady. Bertram "Bert" Cates, a Hillsboro high school teacher in his 20s who has taught the theory of evolution in violation of a state law banning its teaching in classrooms.
Hornbeck, a reporter for the fictional Baltimore Herald newspaper. He is young, sarcastic, cynical, and deeply opposed to religious belief. Rachel Brown, the Rev. Her loyalties are torn between her father and Cates, and she is easily manipulated by others.
Reverend Jeremiah Brown, a fundamentalist Protestant Christian preacher of indeterminate denomination who believes in Biblical literalism. The Judge, a local county court judge who is subtly sympathetic to Rev.
Melinda Loomis, a year-old girl who believes strongly in the Bible. Tom Davenport, the local district attorney who prosecutes Bertram Cates. The Mayor, the top elected official of Hillsboro who is openly supportive of the Rev.
Brown but also deeply political and concerned about the economic future of his town. There are also a number of minor speaking roles.
These include Meeker, a bailiff at the Hillsboro courthouse; Mrs. Krebs, a loudly outspoken supporter of Rev. Summary[ edit ] The play takes place in the small town of Hillsboro, in an unnamed state in the central part of the United States.
It is often assumed to be either Kentucky or Tennessee.
Scenes take place either in front of the county courthouse or in the courtroom. It takes place in the summertime "not too long ago". Scene One[ edit ] The play begins with local high school student Howard Blair looking for worms in front of the Hillsboro courthouse. Melinda appears, and they have a discussion about evolution which helps inform the audience about the claims of evolution.
They exit when Rachel enters. Rachel convinces Meeker, the bailiff, to bring Bertram Cates out of his prison cell so that Rachel and Bert can talk. Rachel and Bert are in love, and hug. Meeker comes in as they are hugging, saying he needs to sweep. Meeker tells Bert that Matthew Harrison Brady is coming to town to help prosecute the case.Lawrence and Lee wrote Inherit the Wind nearly thirty years after the Scopes Monkey trial.
Although the basis of the play is the Scopes trial, the play itself is not a historical retelling of the events.
Instead, the play is fiction. Each of the two main characters, Matthew Harrison Brady and Henry. Inherit the Wind, based on the famous “Scopes Monkey Trial” in the small town Dayton, Tennessee, was written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E.
Lee. The play was not intended to depict the actual history or the proceedings in the Scopes’ trial but it was used as a vehicle for exploring social anxiety and ant-intellectualism that existed in.
On the sixtieth anniversary of Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee’s seminal play Inherit the Wind, the Theatre Research Institute celebrates an incisive work of drama that is just as relevant as ever.. As recently as , there was a performance of the play somewhere in the world almost every day.
Praise for Inherit the Wind "A tidal wave of a drama."--New York World-Telegram And Sun "Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee were classic Broadway scribes who knew how to crank out serious plays for thinking Americans/5(15).
Inherit the wind Written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, the play Inherit the Wind is a fictitious spin off of the historical Scopes Monkey Trial of , which debated the concept of evolutionism vs. creationism and, in general, a person’s right to think.
Aug 30, · Watch video · Inherit the Wind is a dramatization of the famous Scopes Monkey Trial of when a biology teacher was arrested and challenged a law passed by the Tennessee State legislature making it a crime to teach anything other than the account of creation as set down in the Book of Genesis/10(K).