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Inherit the Wind Mass Market Paperback – Jun 1 1982

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (June 1 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553269151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553269154
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 10.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,223,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The accused was a slight, frightened man who had deliberately broken the law. His trial was a Roman circus. The chief gladiators were two great legal giants of the century. Like two bull elephants locked in mortal combat, they bellowed and roared imprecations and abuse. The spectators sat uneasily in the sweltering heat with murder in their hearts, barely able to restrain themselves. At stake was the freedom of every American. One of the most moving and meaningful plays of our generation. "a tidal wave of a drama." -- New York World-Telegram And Sun

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Inherit the wind was written as a play in 1955 and is still relevant today. The play was freely adapted from the "Scopes Monkey Trial" of 1925. The teacher was placed on trial for teaching evolution and not creationism. This argument continues to rage today after the turn of the twenty first century! The beauty of this play is that it is simplicity itself. The play is a very fast read and is very enjoyable. The play covers some very tough subjects, but does it in such a way that the reader deos not get bogged down in heavy philosophical discussions. They are still there, but handled in an ingenious way. What I loved about this play was that the issues were not really about the teacher, but the clash of personalities of the major players. The teacher is nothing more than a background player here and the evangelist and the defense lawyer are the true stars. Makes one think when the same issue comes up after eighty years since the original trial of Scopes what is really being argued. Highly recommended
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Though it might irk those entirely opposed to Darwinism, those who deem it morally wrong. Many residents of a small, sleepy Southern town felt the Darwin theory was wrong, which was why conflict arose when it was found out that a teacher had been discussing the theory with his students. This town in particular was one of the so-called Bible belt category. Those who resided there were primarily church-going and religious. They were also the epitome of fundamentalists, meaning they took the Bible literally.
The situation concerning Darwinism and the school teacher was taken straight to the courthouse and went down in American history as the "Monkey Trial." Although The Bible vs. Darwin is perhaps a bit less taboo of a subject today than it was in the year 1925, this fictional play still rings true in the present. Why? People are afraid of change. People are scared of new ideas and new ways of life. People are frightened of experiencing new cultures. Evidence of this can be found on a day-today basis, yet INHERIT THE WIND is one of the finest examples.
The small, sleepy, Southern town watches as two men dual not with violence, but merely by the power of their words. The results of their banter and arguments are often humorous, sometimes enlightening, and make the trial one to remember throughout history, from generation to generation, from textbook to textbook.
Highly recommended to those who've developed a fascination for history or even for those interested in the lawyer fields. I read it for assigned reading in the 8th grade and I'm glad I did - we acted the entire thing out. Hopefully, you will be pleased with Lawrence's accurate peek into history as well.
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Though it is based on the Scopes Trial, which took place in Tennessee in 1925, INHERIT THE WIND is essentially a work of fiction; even the names of the principal characters have been changed (John Scopes is now Bertram Cates; Clarence Darrow is Henry Drummond; William Jennings Bryan becomes Matthew Harrison Brady). In addition, the setting of the play is non-specific: a certain southern town, "not long ago." IDEAS are what the play is about, and like most great works of art, INHERIT THE WIND does not offer simple answers. Just as Drummond argues for "the right to think," so does the play allow the reader/audience member to consider many possibilities. For instance, in the play's final moments Drummond places both a copy of Darwin's book and a Bible in his briefcase, then leaves the courtroom. This suggests the possibility that science and religion might be compatible. Because he is willing to consider both theories, Drummond is very unlike both Brady, who believed in a literal interpretation of the Bible, and the cynical reporter E.K. Hornbeck (originally H.L. Mencken -- the "Greek chorus character," or commentator, who speaks in free verse), who completely rejects Brady's ideas. It is in fact Brady who emerges as a true tragic figure; it is also Brady who undergoes change and is therefore the most complex character in the play. INHERIT THE WIND has everything: a tragic hero, colorful characters and dialogue, gripping courtroom scenes, and a skillfully foreshadowed, climactic death. Also recommended: the 1960 film version, starring Spencer Tracy as Drummond and Frederic March as Brady.
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In this introduction to "Inherit the Wind" Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee attempt to put the play into historical perspective: "'Inherit the Wind' is hot history. The events which took place in Dayton, Tennessee...are clearly the genesis of the play [but] it exodus entirely its own." The playwrights took only a handful of phrases from the trial transcript and declared that "The collision of Bryan and Darrow at Dayton was dramatic, but it was not a drama." In the play William Jennings Bryan becomes Matthew Harrison Brady, Clarence Darrow was transformed into Henry Drummond, H.L. Mencken changed to E.K. Hornbeck, and John Scopes was now Bertram Cates. However, from the play's first performance in 1955 it has been impossible to dissociate the characters from their historical counterparts.
The Scopes "Monkey" Trial did not pop up in American history books until the late 1950s after the debut of "Inherit the Wind," and many early descriptions followed the play rather than actual events despite the fact that changes are numerous. Unlike Scopes, who was persuaded to be a test case, Bert Cates takes it upon himself to violate the law, becoming a pariah in the town of Hillsboro. The citizens of the town in the play have much more of a lynch mob mentality (which is played up even more in Stanley Kramer's 1960 film version), but the centerpiece for both the historical drama and the theater version is the cross-examination of one lawyer by another before the media and the world.
Whereas Darrow had a weekend to practice his examination of Bryan, Drummond is suddenly inspired to put Brady on the stand.
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