Even the famous reporter E. The high and almighty Brady was even flawed, he showed a great deal of love towards the public. Hornbeck Besides Drummond and Bert, Hornbeck is in the town during the trial. Howard's excited about the ribbons decorating the depot while Melinda sells lemonade. Now you chose to get into this by yourself. Hornbeck's cynicism and wit, in the form of poetry, creates the effect of a chorus character.
But it broke when he rode it the first time. A romance motif, a conventional subplot, develops concerning Rachel and her love for Cates despite their differing viewpoints. Cates, then ask if they need help carrying their luggage. Drummond changes his line of questioning. Whenever Brady refers to the people of Hillsboro, he refers to them as friends in order to come across more favorable and relatable. Before the time of radio and television, if he controlled the media, he controlled the masses.
She knows him because she too is a schoolteacher, of second graders, who Brady asks if she tries to teach according to the precepts of the Lord. Drummond attempts to Howard, but Brady repeatedly objects to Drummond's questions which the Judge sustains. The townspeople are shown as frenzied, mean-spirited, and ignorant. A soft-spoken and humble man, Cates has been arrested for teaching his students the theory of evolution from a biology textbook. Shutters closed, blinds drawn, doors locked against you. However, none of the other co-stars had been signed at the time; Tracy was the first.
Realizing that science and religion might be compatible after all, the crowd becomes vocally restive. This Cynical Journalist Inherit the Wind is an intense drama written by Robert E. His harshness, however, loses him his daughter. Brady's confidence in his Biblical knowledge is so great that he welcomes this challenge, but becomes flustered under Drummond's cross-examination, unable to explain certain apparent contradictions, until he is forced to confess that at least some Biblical passages cannot be interpreted literally. On a similar note, the concern with outward appearance over inward meaning is apparent from Rachel's first visit to Cates in jail.
Also, despite basing their whole position on Biblical literalism, the townsfolk are weirdly loose in their wording when quoting it. Brady, a man whom she respects and trusts, manipulates her into revealing confidential conversations she had with Cates and forces her to testify against Cates in court. He therefore missed Darrow's examination of Bryan, something he sorely regretted. The crowd is angry at the verdict, but many in the crowd are also pleased. Bannister to see if he is an acceptable juror to the prosecution.
Just then, newspaperman , a man in his mid-thirties wearing city clothing enters. His character is also shallow and one-dimensional. He became who the community wanted to hear, dependant of the flock of followers he had created behind him. She tells Cates that she tried to read some of Darwin's book, which she shows to him, but didn't understand it. Drummond arrives in very simpler way in the bus and welcomed by only one person who is. Brady is furious and tries to enter a speech into the record, but Drummond persuades the judge to disallow it as the trial has concluded.
Watching these big city lawyers battle it out in their town courthouse provides them with that distraction. However, with the newly-reborn debate on evolution versus creationism, the film is often shown at face value without the McCarthyism subtext being considered. It's about the right to think. Drummond is introduced as an intransigent devil's advocate as he was portrayed to be different from the entire religiously revolutionary town. Although Hornbeck, like Mencken, is cynical, insolent, and flippant, he is not malicious. In it, he reveals his never-ending search for truth.
Rachel is torn between her own fundamentalist beliefs and love for her father and her love for Cates. However, the playwrights state in a note at the opening of the play that it is not meant to be a historical account, and there are numerous instances where events were substantially altered or invented. The Judge is a weak representative of this hallowed profession, first heavily favoring Brady in the trial, and then caving in when the Mayor asks him to go easy on Bert in sentencing to avoid a scandal. He is a hero who opens people's eyes to the value of freedom of thought and the need to fight censorship. Lee and Jerome Lawrence based on the John Scopes trial of 1925.
As he is carried out of the courtroom in a semi-conscious state, he starts speaking on being inaugurated as President, reflecting his failed hopes. Rachel enters, and tells Cates that she moved out of her father's house. As Brady crumbles, Drummond becomes the hero of the townspeople, saving them from censored knowledge and narrow-minded thinking. He's heavy on the hellfire, easy on the forgiveness, and has pretty much everyone in town. Hornbeck, Bertram Cates, Rachel Brown, Rev. The courtroom is jammed with people, including several radio reporters and their bulky equipment.
He is as opinionated and iconoclastic, attacking institutions and firmly held beliefs, and he does not change throughout the course of the play. Alarmed, Brady tells the court that Sillers won't render impartial judgment. His outlook on human knowledge is skeptical, and he wonders about the nature of the universe. The gruff manners of Drummond and Hornbeck do little to endear them to their new small-town acquaintances. All I want to do is teach my students that man just wasn't planted here like a geranium in a flowerpot. Drummond picks up both the Darwin book and a Bible, and leaves the courtroom with both books in his briefcase. Far from hanging him in effigy, the people of Dayton welcomed him with the same fervor as they welcomed William Jennings Bryan, because his celebrity status would help put the town on the map.