Inherit the Wind

Inherit the Wind

by Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee

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ISBN-13: 9780345466273
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/04/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 45,331
Product dimensions: 4.14(w) x 6.84(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Jerome Lawrence was an American playwright and author.

Robert Edwin Lee was an American playwright and lyricist.

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ACT ONE SCENE I
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Inherit the Wind (SparkNotes Literature Guide Series) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
wildbill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This play is a dramatization of the Scopes Monkey trial that took place in Dayton, TN in 1926. The courtroom scenes were a great battle between Clarance Darrow and William Jennings Bryan. The play conveys the flavor of the event very accurately. I have another book Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate over Science and Religion which is a very good history of the trial and the events surrounding it. Reading the play I was surprised how contemporary the issues still are. Does a person have the right to think? Is there a right to be wrong? When I was younger I thought that in time this type of ignorance would disappear it is almost sad to think how wrong I was.With the new rise of "creative design" it is obvious that the conflict of ideas set forth in the play is still ongoing. While I consider myself a Christian and even meet some of the criteria of a born-again Christian I can never believe that God intended humans not to think. My only conclusion is that some people are afraid to think. Just as Matthew Brady in the play they embrace an ideology that provides all of the answers without the necessity of thinking. This seems to be part of human nature that will not disappear.
aulsmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've loved this play since the first time I saw it. It has a strong message about sticking to the truth in the face of ignorance. However, I recently learned how fictionalized this account of the Scopes trial is. To get more facts about what actually happened and also how the Scopes trial has become a part of American mythology, read Edward J. Larson's The Summer of the Gods
cupcakes4eva More than 1 year ago
i loved this book so much!  i read it for my English class in ninth grade and was honestly dreading it because i thought it sounded incredibly stupid and boring.  once i got into it, however- i loved it!  the characters were different and unique...  i loved them all.  the clear diversity between religion and evolution was clear and the topic of the book made me question how the world was made and whose side i would choose if i had to pick one... 
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luvbooksWA More than 1 year ago
A great controversial play in the debate between religion and the origin of species. People with different beliefs learn to live together and learn to think for themselves.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
First, I'll start with my recommendations. The Bill of Rights and The Bible of your faith. The Bill of Rights because if you want to live here and understand that this book is about more than MAN came from MONKEYS, read it through. Your Bible so you can follow the prosecution. Also, when the defense calls the Pros. Attr. he blows him away using the BILL of Rights as the base.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a boring starter and a twisting finisher. The book is about religion vs science which is still a problem today'for example, cloneing'. some of the language they use is hard to read because they speak real southern. I reccomend this book for ages 15-and up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was about a school teacher who was teaching evalution in class and it was against the law and he was tryed for it and was found guilty and had to pay 100 dollars one of the things that i liked about the book and the charters was the school teacher was sticking to what he belived and their was no one changing his mind i think it was stupid to take the teacher to court
Guest More than 1 year ago
Normally, this is not the kind of book I would decide to read. However, my seventh grade teacher, who read it to my English class, made everything about it fun. He assigned us different characters. I recieved the part of E.K. Hornbeck, and now I LOVE this book. Whenever I get a chance, I pick up this book and start reading. This book is not hard to understand once you catch up on all the legal terms. I would definetely recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first i really wasn`t feeling this book...but then i read it! wow this book was full of cooness. i absolutly liked it. at first u have no idea where it`s going, but then you see. anyway read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first decided that I wanted to read this book I didn't tink that it was going to be a short play. This is a great play that surrounds the facts of freedom and of free speech. This play really put me in mind of people that are opionated. This is a really easy book to read and it has a lot of drama in it especially toward the ending the play. I would recommend this book to people that feel really strong about freedom of speech but I wouldn't recommend this to anybbody that does not like plays.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Inherit the Wind is an enlightened commentary on religous blindedness. It takes very pointed look at that which is often held very dear but is made enjoyable by the satirical stylings of the writing. A must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a titan amognst mortals .It pulls you in and spits you out with a new found love for the american legal system& the origin of man.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Man, the monologues in this book are AMAZING...I have read classics with these awefully long boring monologues about life and boring things, and it gets tiresome...but some of these words are so beautiful! I reccomend this to ANYBODY and EVERYBODY
Guest More than 1 year ago
This play is very interesting, as is the actual trial itself. Although I have to admit that I was disappointed in the way the evolutionists were percieved as noncomformists, and therefore a hint of heroic influence comes to play (which is actually a bit biased, if you ask me), but overall, the play was great and it is definitely a 'must read' piece of literature.