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In the play Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E Lee the two main characters Drummond and Brady have different opinions on how humans arrived on earth Drummond supports the evolution theory while Brady the creation theory The book which is the Broadway plays script is based on the 1925 Tennessee vs John Thomas Scopes trial The trial itself had a series of conflicts the main one being evolution vs religion yet there was a series of tensions throughout the trial including questions of collective vs individual rights and academic vs parental concerns The same plot is told in the play furthermore the conflicting ideas of creation and evolution lead to different aspects of the debate and the right to freedom of speech In the town of Hillsboro the debate between creation and evolution is blown out of proportion First the townspeople react almost violently to Cates teaching of the evolution theory For example when Cates is arrested he is called names and is threatened to be killed by the townspeople Also Reverend Browns prayer meeting influences people to wish horrible things to Cates as Brown portrays him as the devil and asks that his soul writhe in anguish and damnation 66 While all the townspeople including her father have negative attitudes toward Cates Racheal is the only one who stands up for Bert Being his girlfriend she knows he is telling the truth Like a message from God Brady came to defend the towns belief of creation Brady is like a God to the town being a self proclaimed expert on the bible Also his political background has a lasting impact on the townspeople giving that they all voted for him in three presidential elections Additionally Rachael tries to explain Berts ideas to Brady but he twists them around and uses them for his own needs in the trial Henry Drummond has taken the case not only to defend
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