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MonkeyNotes-Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee
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This scene of the play is known for Reverend Brown's sermon about the creation of the world with its call and response pattern between the preacher and the congregation. In leading up to the climax of the sermon, Brown asks questions, and the people respond in an expected way. When he finally expresses that God made humankind on the sixth day, the people respond with "Glory, glory! Bless the Lord!" The Reverend Brown has deliberately worked up his congregation about the creation story in order to condemn Bert Cates. He even asks that God strike Cates down. When his daughter, Rachel, tries to stop her father, he curses her as well. The picture presented of Christianity in this scene is not a positive one; the followers of Christ are supposed to forgive, not hate and condemn.


The character of Brady is further defined during the scene. He is pictured as a man who can control his emotions. At the press conference, he is the picture of calm and poise. At the prayer meeting, he becomes uncomfortable with the hateful tone of the sermon and even cuts Reverend Brown short, suggesting to the minister that he has gone too far in his hate-mongering. Drummond says very little in the scene and really serves only as a silent witness to the prayer meeting. His moral authority is increased, however, by the contrast between his self-possessed attitude and the irrational emotionalism of the other men.

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