Inherit The Wind

Inherit The Wind

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  • Exposition
  • Origin of Species
  • Conflict
  • Make Hillsboro Great Again!
  • Read Your Bible!
  • Up with the Bible! Down with Darwin!
  • Rising Action
  • Bertram Cates, a timid school teacher, is put on trial for teaching kids Darwin's evolution theory. The townspeople are very religious and believe that this does not follow "The Bible". Mathew Harrison Brady, a presidential candidate from Nebraska, comes to little old Hillsboro to prosecute Bert. Drummond, a legendary lawyer from Chicago, comes as Bert's defendant.
  • Climax
  • Bert is unsure whether to continue with the trial. To make matters worse, the townspeople are rallying behind Brady, Drummond is treated like the devil, and Rachel (the Reverend's daughter and Bert's girlfriend) wants Bert to call the trial off. It's like the town is a snake poised to strike at Bert.
  • Falling Action
  • Bert decides to carry on and the battle of the courtroom titans begins. Rachel is forced to testify against Bert about a private joke that he told her. As the people get riled up at prayer meetings and the evidence gets more and more stacked against Bert, Drummond will have to think of something fast, before the case is lost.
  • Resolution
  • Since the judge won't allow any of Drummond's expert witnesses, he calls Brady to the stand. He gets Brady to admit that the first day could have been any amount of time, since the sun wasn't created until the fourth day. It could have been 10 million years. Then, Drummond promptly made a fool out of Brady, getting him to say that he has one-on-one conversations with god!
  • The jury pronounces Bert guilty, but gives him only a small fine, which Drummond quickly appeals anyway. Even though Brady technically won, he lost his influence over the people. As he tries to make a desperate speech to win them back, Brady suddenly keels over and dies.
  • Drummond is offended by Hornbeck, who makes a snarky comment about Brady's death. It appears that Drummond is religious as well and that he respected Brady. Rachel and Bert decide to leave town on the next train. As Drummond leaves, he sees Brady's "Holy Bible" and puts it together with Darwin's "Origin of Species", showing that they may be able to coexist.
  • Origin of Species
  • Holy Bible
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