Freedom Of Thought In "Inherit The Wind" By Jerome Lawrence And Robert E. Lee
In the play "Inherit the Wind", there is not much freedom of thought. If someone strays away from the common way of thinking, and expresses this thought of difference. They are looked down upon and considered a sinner and even persecuted for it. This happens to Bert when he decides to teach his students about Darwin's theory of evolution. The parents are outraged. They believe that anything that contradicts the Bible is evil. Anyone that would tell children people evolved from monkeys and not created by the Lord must be evil too.
All it says is that man wasn't just stuck here
Like a geranium in a flower pot; that living
Comes from a long miracle, it didn't just
happen in seven days.
But we don't live at the top of the world.
We live in Hillsboro, and when the sun
goes down, its dark and why do you try
to make it different?
You make it sound as if Bert is a hero.
I'd like to think that, but I can't a
schoolteacher is a public servant; I think
he should do what the law and the
school-board want him to do.
"People I thought were my friends look
at me now as if I had horns growing
out of my head"
This narrow view produced many problems both for the people as a whole and in particular on character, Rachel. She is a very submissive character and goes with the flow. She eventually evolves into a very powerful person in order to make a difficult decision. Her first decision is to obey her father and to have the same thoughts and feelings as him, or doing what she believes is right. Her ultimate decision is leave her father and live her life with Bert.
"I think there must be something wrong in
what Bert believes, if a great man like Mr.
Brady comes here to speak against him."
"I believe in the Holly word of God and I
believe in Matthew Harrison Brady!"
I believe that Bert did that right thing by standing up for what he believes in. He taught the students that it is okay to think for yourself and make your own decisions. Nothing is black or white; one person's point of view on something may not be the same as another's. He never said that the Bible wasn't good or that he wasn't religious just that a miracle such as life must have taken longer than seven days.
It isn't as simple as that. Good or bad, black or white,
night or day. Do you know, at the top of the world the
Twilight is six months long?
The words I've said to you-softly in the
dark just trying to figure out what the stars
are for, or what might be ob the backside
of the moon.
Brady seems to be a very powerful man with the people of Hillsboro. They hang onto every word that comes out of his mouth. Although no one sees how fragile he is when...
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Another interesting thesis statement to bring out would be the role of religion in American History. The dominant force of religion in Hillsboro, led by Reverend Brown, is one that seeks to gain power from silencing dissent. It might be interesting to explore how this pattern has also been a part of American History. Whether one wants to pull from the Salem Witch Trials or the rise of the Religious Right in the 1980s, the role of religion has played a vital role in the development of American culture.
Given how the trial and the fundamentalism surrounding it emerged in the 1920s, a period known for its liberal moral stance and permissive social attitudes, it might be real interesting to explore how religion operates in such a dynamic. Finally, I think that it might be interesting to explore how Darwinian thought is viewed today. In the modern setting, Darwinian thought is viewed with some degree of the same skepticism with which it was viewed in the time period of the drama. The emergence of intelligent design as well as school boards that demand guidelines be followed on how human origin is taught is reflective of the same tension that is seen in the play. These might be possible areas upon which to focus regarding your thesis statement.