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Inherit the Wind

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A meaningful play based on the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925, in which a Tennessee teacher was tried for teaching evolution. The accused was a slight, frightened man who'd deliberately broken the law. His trial was a Roman circus, the chief gladiators being the two great legal giants of the century. Locked in mortal combat, they bellowed & roared imprecations & abuse ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 20th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published 1955)
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Huda Yahya

في حقيقة الأمر أنا شديدة التعلق بهذه المسرحية
فهي أول عمل مسرحي قرأته في حياتي
ومنذ ذلك اليوم الرائع عرفت ان المسرح سيكون إدماني
وأحد مباعث البهجة إلى روحي

هل شكلت هذه المسرحية جزءا من وعيي؟
لا أدري
ولكن أظن الجواب سيكون نعم
فحداثة سني وقتها دليل على جواز حدوث ذلك

كنت في نحو الخامسة عشر
لا أعرف عن التطور أكثر من مجرد أقاويل من حولي
بأن هناك رجل مجنون يقول الإنسان اصله قرد

ولكن حتى وفي هذا السن
كنت أعلم أن الأمر أبعد من ذلك
وأن هناك ما لا أعرفه بعد


المسرحية لا تشرح نظرية التطور أو تدافع عنها
وهي لي
Nandakishore Varma
The "Scopes Monkey Trial"(1925) is perhaps the most famous trial in American history where a young teacher, John Scopes, was accused of teaching evolution in a school in the small town of Dayton, Tennessee in violation of Tennessee's "Butler Act" which prohibited teaching evolution in any state-funded school. According to all reliable sources, the trial was a put-up job by some prominent locals to garner some publicity for the town, knowing fully well that the ACLU had offered to take up the def ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Aug 15, 2009 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it
Shelves: play, drama, courtroom
Reading this book is like witnessing a debate with the resolution that reads:
Be it resolved, that men are descendants of monkeys and not created from the image and likeness of God.
I heard about this play when I was 8 or 9 years old. I was then in a Pacific island and it was late morning of a Good Friday and my mother told me to buy something from a store. In the Philippines, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Black Saturdays were the days of a year in the island when there was an eerie silence
Apr 01, 2016 Sean rated it really liked it
3.75. Definitely blew my expectations out of the water. As a school book, I thought I would hate it, but that was not the case. Acts 1 and 2 were mindblowing, and it was only act 3 that pulled my rating down a bit. I really recommend this book.
Alexis Kloehn
Mar 18, 2013 Alexis Kloehn rated it it was amazing
“Inherit the Wind” is one of the few plays we have read as a class that I actually enjoyed. Most of the time I don’t even read the plays or books we’re reading in class. They are always boring and old plays or books about stuff I don’t understand or care to understand. This was not one of them. The main reasons I liked this play is that it was about a real life experience that actually happened. Another reason I liked it was because of the themes and messages it gave. One of the most important t ...more
Logan Erdmann
Mar 12, 2013 Logan Erdmann rated it really liked it
I would say that this play is okay and I would recommend it to older readers who are interested in the law. "Inherit the Wind" was based off The John Scopes trial in 1925. The trial was about teaching evolution in the classroom and that a teacher had broken the law by teaching it. This book was really about creation verse revolution and that the two ideas can co-exist. The play had many symbols in the plot that resembled a thought or idea. For example, Henry Drummond wore purple suspenders that ...more
Feb 04, 2009 Melody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in thinking about the power of intellectual freedom
Shelves: drama
I just finished teaching this play for the second time: I read it with students in a composition course focused on topics at the intersection of freedom and literacy. In spite of its overly familiar subject matter, the play is actually quite enjoyable in the way it uses the historical Scopes Monkey Trials as a test case for thinking through the problems of the McCarthy era, and in fact, our own. The character development is quite interesting: Hornbeck is a fabulous villain - perhaps the most com ...more
Serena.. Sery-ously?
La commedia prende spunto dal Monkey Trial avvenuto nel 1925 contro un insegnante liceale che aveva avuto l'ardire di insegnare l'evoluzionismo di Darwin ai suoi studenti e condannato poi a pagare 100 dollari come condanna (esisteva una legge contro il creazionismo, senza parole..).

Il libro è un condensato di witticism, arguzia, risposte graffianti e ironia.. E' GENIALE, io ogni volta che lo leggo ne rimango estasiata!!
E' una storia che però fa anche un po' rabbia, perché la ragione e la scienza
Brian Robbins
Aug 14, 2013 Brian Robbins rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
Whilst I quite enjoyed reading the play, I was disappointed with the content of it.

For a defence of the right to think for one's self, there appeared to be very little independent thinking going on. It was more a presentation of people taking up ready made positions on one side or other of the controversy for ill-explained reasons & then playing attack & defence with statements worthy only of the worst of the tabloids, or these days, of Prime Ministers question time.

I also found the pro
Naomi Sarah
May 11, 2016 Naomi Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: bleh-books, school
This book is a well written play, but I frankly thinks it puts Christianity in a whole wrong light. Brady and Reverend Brown are not true Christians; they are terrible, scary and pompous men. As a Christian, this book kind of made me sad. However, as I have to study it for school, I can say that it is well-written and the characters are very vivid. (And despite all, I think Rachel and Bert are very cute together.)
Feb 20, 2009 Audrey rated it it was ok
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This play is kinda mean-spirited and condescending, one-sided in its presentation of its villains (as in an Ayn Rand novel). The stage directions are impositions, authoritarian and smug.

But, then again—then again—this text has revealed to me two of my basic operating parameters in:

Hello Devil. Welcome to Hell. (which is kinda how it is to be a marxist-in-cappyland);

and—how not?—

Drummond: What do you think?
Brady: I do not think about things that … I do not think about!
Drummond: Do you ever think
Norberto Leyva
Mar 19, 2013 Norberto Leyva rated it really liked it
“Inherit the Wind” is about a teacher, Bertram Cates, who didn’t follow the Butler Act that stated evolution couldn’t be taught in a public school. Drummond defends Cates against the “top dog” Brady in the trial. The story takes place in Hillsboro, TN around the year 1925. Cates is fighting for his freedom to teach his students to think for themselves instead of just accepting one idea. I would recommend this drama to high school students, because they would understand it better and the vocabula ...more
Sarah Hayes
Aug 30, 2012 Sarah Hayes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a thrilling, dramatic play! I absolutely loved it; it's the kind of play you can see unfold in your head with startling detail, like you're sitting at the foot of the stage watching the whole thing up close. I especially loved the courtroom scenes and the way it ended, with the two books in the briefcase, sitting side-by-side like it's natural for them to be together - God and Darwin. I would give my left leg to actually see Inherit The Wind live and on stage; I imagine it would take quite ...more
Feb 17, 2008 Gregg rated it really liked it
We may be teaching this next year, so I gave it a look-see. Engaging and gripping. I love great courtroom dramas, and I can't see how anyone else couldn't either. Thing is, I looked into the background of the Monkey trial, and the fact seems even more interesting than the fiction.
I saw the film and the phrase 'he that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind' when spoken by the aetheist lawyer stuck with me. This is a great introduction to the impact and leverage of primitive forces of emotion that can drive us all to do strange, foolish things.
Lauren Kester
Mar 12, 2017 Lauren Kester rated it liked it
Personal Response
I read the book Inherit The Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. This wasn’t my favorite book. I wasn’t interested in the topics talked about in the book. I felt like I couldn’t connect with the characters.

Bertram Cates was arrested for teaching evolution in Hillsboro, Tennessee while the Butler Act was in place. He lived in a town that was very religious. His girlfriend, Rachel Brown, tried to persuade him to admit he was guilty and call the whole thing off. Cates
Marissa Hanneman
Mar 21, 2017 Marissa Hanneman rated it really liked it
Personal Response-
I enjoyed this book, because it had a lot to do with debating. The book was full of excitement and kept me on my feet on what was going to happen next. I usually do not like reading books that are nonfictional, but this one was different. I was able to relate to the story, as well as the characters.

This book was based on the John Scopes Trial. The two sides of the trial were evolution and religion. Bertram Cates was put on trial for teaching evolution in Hillsboro, Tenne
Mar 16, 2017 Gavin rated it really liked it
Personal Response:
I enjoyed the drama Inherit the Wind, because it is a story based off the real life Scopes Trials. I learned many things from reading this story. I hope readers can learn as much as I did when reading the drama.

In the drama there is a biology teacher named Bert Cates who teaches the idea of evolution, instead of creation. He is charged with violating the Butler act and went to jail for it. Reverend Brown’s daughter, Rachael Brown, is in love with Bert throughout the book
Dakota Lenz
Mar 20, 2017 Dakota Lenz rated it really liked it
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In this book, the reader learned about the monkey trial and the teacher who taught evolution. I learned that glory doesn't always win. Lawyers lose a lot of pride and dignity and that is what happened to Matthew Harrison Brady. I thought the book was very good and informational.

A young male teacher named Bert Cates was in the small town of Hillsboro, Tennessee. He was teaching evolution in his classroom. He was put on trial for it. He believed people should know about the t
Brielle Rieckmann
Mar 17, 2017 Brielle Rieckmann rated it it was ok
Personal Response:
I did not enjoy reading the book Inherit the Wind. I do not like reading dramas or court case books.I felt the drama did not flow like most novels do.

There was a teacher named Bertram Cates who taught the theory of evolution, instead of creationism. He was charged with violating the Butler Act and he went to jail because of it. Rachel Brown was the daughter of the reverend and was in love with Bertram. He had a defense attorney named Henry Drummond. The prosecuting attorn
Izzy Brogaard
Mar 21, 2017 Izzy Brogaard rated it really liked it
Personal Response: I read Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. I liked this book a lot better than I thought I would. I thought it was going to be the typical book about someone who broke the law.

Plot: Bert Cates broke the law, because he taught evolution in school. He had to go to court. Matthew Harrison Brady was the prosecuting attorney, and Henry Drummond was the defense attorney. Brady and Drummond were friends a long time ago. Rachel was in some type of relationship wit
Trevor Fletcher
Personal Response
Inherit The Wind was a good book. It was a drama written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. I kind of enjoyed it. I like the story of the book, but I don’t really care for play written books. I don’t mind the book when I’m not reading and just listening to other people read it, but I don’t like reading out loud because I stutter and stumble on my words a lot. Other than that I enjoyed this book. I find it interesting on how people were brainwashed on their religion until a t
Louis Knecht
Feb 24, 2017 Louis Knecht rated it it was ok
Personal Response:
I thought the drama, Inherit the Wind, by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee was an interesting and educational read. It was interesting to learn about how people in general are so unwilling to change until they know everything.

Throughout the plot there were a lot of interesting events that took place. The drama is about a biology teacher who taught his class, Darwin’s Origin of Species, which is the theory of evolution. This was illegal at the time and he was persecuted
Jared Shilts
Mar 03, 2016 Jared Shilts rated it really liked it

Personal response: At first I thought this book would be boring, I ended up enjoying almost every bit of it. It has a realistic conflict due to it being based on a true story, memorable characters, and a dramatic finale.

Plot: Bertram Cates has been accused of teaching evolution in a public school. It is illegal to do so in the time and place he lives in. Cates is facing off in court against the angry citizens of Hillsboro along with Matthew Harrison Brady. Brady is a famous attorney when it come
Shannon Zasoba
Mar 08, 2016 Shannon Zasoba rated it really liked it
Personal response: This book was very interesting and teaches kids great values. It teaches the difference about evolutionary theory, creationism, and the human right to think. I think some kids should learn about the differences in these just to know both sides even if they have sting beliefs to one side.

Plot: This novel is about about a man named Bertram Cates who is behind bars, awaiting his trial for teaching his students about Darwin’s theory of evolution. Rachel Brown, a friend and fellow
Noah Rucks
Feb 25, 2017 Noah Rucks rated it liked it
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I read the drama, Inherit the Wind . At first I thought the book would've been boring, but I ended up really liking the drama. I enjoyed how the drama was in a courtroom setting.

In the drama, Inherit the Wind , Bertram Cates was a biology teacher who taught Darwinism which was violating the Butler Act. He had to go to court because he violated the Butler Act. The defense attorney was Henry Drummond, and the prosecuting attorney was Matthew Harrison Brady. The people of H
Feb 24, 2015 Brienna rated it liked it

Personal Response
I don’t like the way dramas are written because I don’t understand what is going on. I read this with my class and it was way easier to understand because everyone was someone else. My teacher would explain what was happening and what it all meant and because of this, I liked it. If I would have had to read this alone or for fun, I would have hated it.

Inherit the Wind is about a very big debate about evolution and creationism based off the Scopes Monkey Trial in 1925. A sc
Regino Leon
"Inherit The Wind" Act I starts in a little town in Tennessee called Hillsboro. Two kids that are playing, Melinda and Howard. Howard says how we all started looking like worms Melinda screams and runs of. Then it goes to someone by the name of Rachel searching for Mr. Meeker, the town bailiff. When she finds him she asks if she can see Cates. Cates was a school teacher and was fired for teaching evolution. They talk and then Rachel leaves. It then cuts to reverend Brown walking around town talk ...more
Randolph Carter
Jan 18, 2013 Randolph Carter rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
Overrated piece of political claptrap with thinly veiled characters that smears the reputation of some of the actual people it portrays. This is one of the books everyone seems to be forced to read in school in the United States. Maybe it's gone out of favor now. It's ostensibly a fictionalization of the Scopes "Monkey Trial" about the illegality of teaching evolution in Tennessee. It is really a dig at the then rampant McCarthy frenzy that was gripping the United States during the Cold War. I g ...more
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