Essay about Inherit the Wind

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Inherit the Wind is about a 24-year-old teacher named Bertram T. Cates, who is arrested for teaching Darwin's Theory of Evolution to his junior high-class. Some high-profile Hillsboro town’s people press charges and have Cates arrested for teaching evolutionism in a stringent Christian town. A famous lawyer named Henry Drummond defends him; while a fundamentalist politician Matthew Harrison Brady prosecutes. The story takes place in Hillsboro, which is a small town in Tennessee. Cates is merely trying to teach to his class that there is more to life than just what the Bible teaches. He is not trying to be nonreligious; rather he is just teaching his class to think outside the box. The town’s people think that Cates is trying to push …show more content…
Having the label of colonel applied to his name only increases his perceived appearance of power and knowledge. The locals feel inferior to Brady’s intellectual persona radiating from his ego. This is identical to cults where the members feel inferior as common folk, compared to the omnipresent director. Like many cultic leaders, Brady eventually falls victim to realism and practicality. Brady is no expert on the Bible and that is made abundantly clear during the trial. He is wise enough to recall major key elements, and has also committed many Biblical passages to memory. However, he is naïve and poorly versed on the literal translation of some controversial facets of the Bible, which in turn destroy his credibility during cross-examination by Drummond when he takes the stand.
Bertram Cates is not a typical criminal. He is quiet and reserved and doesn’t to want to cause trouble or conflict. He is merely standing up for what he believes in and is doing his best to teach his students that there is more to the world than what the Bible states. He is viewed as unchristian and toxic by the locals. Both Drummond and Cates experience a struggle against mainstream society. Cates doesn’t try to stand up for himself too much, he actually is quite dependant on Drummond for support and direction. In the end, Cates is ironically more forgiving than his Christian counterparts. Cates’ role in the film is quite small in

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