- Publisher: Bantam Books (1981)
- ISBN-10: 0553205536
- ISBN-13: 978-0553205534
- ASIN: B002C4DE8W
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,093,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Inherit the Wind Paperback – 1981
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Those who view this book as promoting evolutionism, see Chrisitians portrayed as narrow-minded and intolerant. This is no more of a stereotype than a Middle Easterner playing the role of a terrorist in a James Bond film. In the Scopes Trial, the Chirstians were intolerant of evolution being taught. Tolerant Christians, which still comprise the majority, would not exactly play the role well.
The point of the story is clearly laid out in the final pages of the book. The agnostic defense attorney Henry Drummond (who represents Clarence Darrow in the actual Scopes Trial) is talking to the arrogant reporter E. K. Hornbeck. Hornbeck assumes Drummond agrees with his view that the peopleof Hillsboro are backwards and ignorant in their Christian beliefs. Drummond lashes out at Hornbeck, telling him the people of Hillsboro have every right to have their beliefs. In the same way, people have a right to believe in evolution.
The 1st Amendment provides freedom of religion, or freedom not to subscribe to any particular religious beliefs. This book is a powerful statement not about evolution, but the right to think. Whether you fall on either side of the argument for evolution or have compromised between the sides, the story is a lesson worth noting.
The play freely adapts the details of history. The authors even change the names of the principal characters involved: Bryan becomes "Matthew Harrison Brady," Darrow becomes "Henry Drummond," etc. But the core events of that historic trial remain firmly embedded in the play.
"Inherit" is an excellent play that is very readable in book form. Lawrence and Lee write superb dialogue, and create vivid characters in Brady, Drummond, and the rest. The play is an effective satire of religious fundamentalism.
With the continuing efforts of religious fundamentalists to force their views on the general public (both in the United States and elsewhere), "Inherit the Wind" remains as relevant as ever. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Teacher copy to go with my class set. Purchase my own so I can write in it. Looks super!Published 10 days ago by librarygirl
A masterful, moving and insightful story about what really matters in the United States, in 1925 and even today. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Big D
Inherit the Wind is a play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, based on the famous Scopes “Monkey Trial,” which took place in Dayton, TN in July of 1925. Read morePublished 3 months ago by John Martin
I normally don't read plays -- their format doesn't lend itself well to casual reading, and they're quite obviously written with a stage performance in mind. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kenya Starflight
what's to say about one of the finest plays ever written and a masterful film made from that play..it's all been said..one of my all time favoritesPublished 4 months ago by denis f adams