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In the introductory stage directions for Inherit the Wind Lawrence Lee indicate that the town is on trial as much as Bert Cates This is evident when Drummond and Brady are selecting a jury Another example would be when Drummond questions Brady during the trial In the beginning of the trial the selection of a jury represents how the town has not yet changed The people of Hillsboro are being questioned as if it is they that are on trial rather than Bert Cates They state their activities job and beliefs to the court Some questions were as follows Do you attend mass daily Do you read the Bible Do you know who Darwin is Where do you work The people give answers such as on Sundays no I dont read the Bible and I have not heard of Darwin until recently However other jurors stated that they believe in Mathew Harrison Brady and all that he says At this point in the trial the people of Hillsboro worship Brady and they cannot wait to here what he will have to say next They have felt this way since the start of the play showing that the town has not yet changedTowards the end of the trial Drummond calls Brady to testify this event represents how the town has changed from the start of the play Before Brady testified the majority of the town was with him and against Drummond Cates However when Drummond questions Brady he is at a loss for words Brady cannot think of probable answers to Drummonds questions He fumbles for words contradicts himself and does not have an answer for everything anymore He even goes as far as saying that he is a prophet and to be against him is to be against God The town laughs at Brady and neither feels the need nor want to listen to what he has to say anymore After
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