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Children are the future of our world It is the youth of the world that will at some point come to power and essentially determine the standard of living It is then naturally the adults responsibilities to ensure that their values customs and beliefs and passed down and kept alive through the generations Children are born without beliefs and values they have to be taught what and what not to believe at an early age Sometimes the adults get so involved in making sure that the proper beliefs are passed on that they forget to leave room for anything else It is easy to forget that though they are but children they do have the power to think for themselves and to decide what to carry on and what to leave behind In Jerome Lawrences play Inherit the Wind Lawrence clearly emphasizes the importance of youth in not todays world but in tomorrows Lawrence uses the Scopes Monkey Trial foundation to symbolically signify the importance of todays youth and how our decisions do not affect us today so much as they affect the rulers of tomorrow A case held against a teacher trying to teach his students about evolution represents the adults holding their children back from the world preventing them from using their own minds and pressing on them their own beliefs The children of the world we live in have the right to make their own decisions in life ones parents are of course responsible to show you the righteous path but everyone has the right to at least know about what else is out there Lawrence wastes no time in his play to present one of the most prevalent underlying themes The play starts off with two children Howard and Melinda having an indirect conversation about evolution Howard claims that the world was once made of blobs of jelly and worms and that Melinda was once a worm Melinda responds by accusing
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