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MonkeyNotes-Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee
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PLOT

Summary

The plot of Inherit the Wind is quite simple, following the classical pattern of development. In the first act, the major characters are introduced and the conflict is established. The rising action begins when the town throws all of its support around Brady and against Cates and Drummond, his attorney, and leads to the climax that occurs in the courtroom at the end of the trial when Drummond absolutely defeats Brady. The falling action is brief, with little happening after the trial is concluded.

The plot is really a battle of good (freedom of thought) vs. evil (censorship). The plot revolves around two underdogs, Cates and Drummond. Cates, a quiet schoolteacher, speaks the truth as he sees it, even when it is against the law. As a result, he is abandoned by all his friends and associates and treated cruelly. Drummond, the second underdog, comes to the aid of Cates. He agrees to be the defense attorney in the case of the state against Cates. Brady, his opposing attorney, is a well-known and flamboyant lawyer and politician. The entire town of Hillsboro is in awe of the fact that Brady is coming to town to try the case.


They honor him with a parade and picnic, while ignoring Drummond. During the trial, Drummond is treated like the underdog; he is not allowed to call any of his planned witnesses. As a result, he calls the arrogant Brady to the stand. In the process of the examination, Drummond makes a total fool of Brady and wins the town's support. Although Cates is pronounced guilty for breaking a law, he is fined only one hundred dollars. More importantly, he and Drummond have won the respect of the courtroom crowd. Cates also wins the support of Rachel Brown, who agrees to leave town with him. The play, therefore, ends as a comedy, with the protagonist overcoming the antagonist.

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