History Theatre / InheritTheWind

23rd Aug '16 2:31:10 PM margdean56
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* BadassPacifist: Drummond is an aging man who takes a lot heat from everybody, but he never loses his cool demeanor and instead turns words into weapons to defend his cause with a respect-worthy dignity. All in the middle of a hostile town where death threats are matter-of-factly sung.

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* BadassPacifist: Drummond is an aging man who takes a lot of heat from everybody, but he never loses his cool demeanor and instead turns words into weapons to defend his cause with a respect-worthy dignity. All in the middle of a hostile town where death threats are matter-of-factly sung.



* CoolTeacher: The implication is Cates is one and well-respected by his students. There is even a switch moment when Drummond and Hornbeck see a group of young men staring at them and approach, ask if they are there to help Mr. Cates, then ask if they need help carrying their luggage.

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* CoolTeacher: The implication is that Cates is one and well-respected by his students. There is even a switch moment when Drummond and Hornbeck see a group of young men staring at them and approach, ask if they are there to help Mr. Cates, then ask if they need help carrying their luggage.



* EurekaMoment: When Hornbeck jokingly notes the only book and area of expertise Brady and the prosecutor would permit to be allowed in the court is the Bible, Drummond realizes his next attack should be on the literal interpretation of the Bible and breakdown Brady's view.

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* EurekaMoment: When Hornbeck jokingly notes the only book and area of expertise Brady and the prosecutor would permit to be allowed in the court is the Bible, Drummond realizes his next attack should be on the literal interpretation of the Bible and the breakdown of Brady's view.



* HeelRealization: While it doesn't stop him from participating in the trial in any sense, Brady has a serious OhCrap moment when his wife screams at him in the middle of his verbal beat down of Rachel. On snapping out of his righteous fury and realizing that he's driven her to tears, Brady sheepishly backs away and suggests the witness should be excused.

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* HeelRealization: While it doesn't stop him from participating in the trial in any sense, Brady has a serious OhCrap moment when his wife screams at him in the middle of his verbal beat down beatdown of Rachel. On snapping out of his righteous fury and realizing that he's driven her to tears, Brady sheepishly backs away and suggests the witness should be excused.



* PrayerOfMalice: Reverend Brown delivered a fiery sermon praying God will damn Cates to Hell for teaching "evil-lution" and later a mob crowd uses a hymn's tune to claim they want to hang Cates and Drummond from a sour apple tree, because their God is right.

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* PrayerOfMalice: Reverend Brown delivered delivers a fiery sermon praying God will damn Cates to Hell for teaching "evil-lution" and later a mob crowd uses a hymn's tune to claim they want to hang Cates and Drummond from a sour apple tree, because their God is right.
27th Jul '16 8:44:30 AM SoapheadChurch
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** Scopes was not a lone renegade teaching evolution in open defiance of the law. Every teacher in the state taught from the same biology textbook -- Civic Biology -- and thus every teacher in Dayton was violating the law. Any of them could have been a potential defendant. When the law passed, the state university openly declared they would not stop teaching evolution, and were never punished for it. The law itself seems to have simply a means of "looking" good by the politicians to the fundamentalist Tennesseans.

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** Scopes was not a lone renegade teaching evolution in open defiance of the law. Every teacher in the state taught was required to teach from the same biology textbook -- Civic Biology -- and thus every teacher in Dayton was violating the law. Any of them could have been a potential defendant.defendant, but Scopes volunteered after some convincing. When the law passed, the state university openly declared they would not stop teaching evolution, and were never punished for it. The law itself seems to have simply a means of "looking" good by the politicians to the fundamentalist Tennesseans.
** In the play, Cates is a HollywoodAtheist and a full time science teacher/part time amateur scientist. Scopes was a football coach who occasionally substituted when other teachers were off work.[[note]]His only training in science was some minor coursework in geology. He actually had a law degree.[[/note]] He was also a lapsed Episcopalian who didn't care one bit about the Fundamentalism vs. Evolution controversy, and had in fact skipped the evolution part of his biology class so he didn't have to deal with it.



** Likewise, Bryan eagerly jumped on the bandwagon despite not having practiced law for 36 years by that point. The extent of his political failures is exaggerated as well, although he did participate in the trial in the twilight of his career, with his voice and oratory both fading.

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** Likewise, Bryan eagerly jumped on the bandwagon despite not having practiced law for 36 years by that point. The extent of his political failures is exaggerated as well, although he did participate in the trial in the twilight of his career, with his voice and oratory both fading. He was also not at all hostile to John Scopes, and even offered to pay his fine if he was convicted.


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** The townsfolk of Dayton, TN were far more welcoming of Clarence Darrow than the people of Hillsboro were of Henry Drummond. Far from hanging him in effigy, the people of Dayton welcomed him with the same fervor as they welcomed William Jennings Bryan, because his celebrity status would help put the town on the map.
11th Jul '16 5:27:05 PM SoapheadChurch
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* WantingIsBetterThanHaving: Attorney Henry Drummond tells a story about a rocking horse he wanted when he was a child. It was far too expensive for his family to get for him, but his father scrimped and saved and managed to purchase the rocking horse for Drummond as a Christmas present. And the first time Drummond got on it to ride, it fell apart from dry rot. The Horse looked shiny, new and wonderful on the outside, but was really rotten to the core. This is a metaphor for his view on the fundamentalist literal interpretation of the Bible. The scrimping and saving, and the grief of the realization, might also be part of the analogy, respectively standing for the hardship and hopes stored up in the struggle for salvation, and the possible overwhelming sadness that comes from realizing that work was wasted and those hopes false if it turns out they were.

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* WantingIsBetterThanHaving: Attorney Henry Drummond tells a story about a rocking horse he wanted when he was a child. It was far too expensive for his family to get for him, but his father scrimped and saved and managed to purchase the rocking horse for Drummond as a Christmas present. And the first time Drummond got on it to ride, it fell apart from dry rot. The Horse looked shiny, new and wonderful on the outside, but was really rotten to the core. This is a metaphor for his view on the fundamentalist literal interpretation of the Bible. The scrimping Bible: the outward displays of piety and saving, and righteousness do nothing more than hide the grief moral decay of the realization, might also be part of the analogy, respectively standing for the hardship and hopes stored up in the struggle for salvation, and the possible overwhelming sadness that comes from realizing that work was wasted and those hopes false if it turns out they were.community.
11th Jul '16 4:40:52 PM SoapheadChurch
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* AntiVillain: The worst you could say about Brady is that he's a pompous blowhard. Despite his posturing and sanctimonious oratory, he's a decent enough man, especially when compared to the madly fanatical Reverend Brown. Likewise with Hornbeck; he may be a misanthropic {{Jerkass}}, but he's only barely antagonistic enough to qualify for this trope.

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* AntiVillain: The worst you could say about Brady is that he's a pompous blowhard. Despite his posturing and sanctimonious oratory, he's a decent enough man, especially when compared to the madly fanatical Reverend Brown. Likewise with Hornbeck; he may be a misanthropic {{Jerkass}}, but he's only barely antagonistic enough to qualify for this trope.as a villain at all.
11th Jul '16 4:38:28 PM SoapheadChurch
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[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inherit_the_Wind Speaking of what the other wiki says,]] the play was intended as a criticism of of the [[RedScare anti-Communist hysteria]] of TheFifties. However, with the newly-reborn debate on evolution versus creationism, the film is often shown at face value without the [=McCarthyism=] subtext being considered. ''And it still works beautifully.''

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[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inherit_the_Wind Speaking of what the other wiki says,]] the play was intended as a criticism of of the [[RedScare anti-Communist hysteria]] of TheFifties. However, with the newly-reborn debate on evolution versus creationism, the film is often shown at face value without the [=McCarthyism=] subtext being considered. ''And it still works beautifully.''
2nd Jun '16 5:38:32 PM PaulA
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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Play is based on the actual Scopes Monkey Trial in the 1920s, but is supposed to be an allegory for the then-current McCarthy witch-hunts that dominated the headlines.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Play is based on the actual Scopes Monkey Trial in the 1920s, but is supposed to be an allegory for the then-current McCarthy [[UsefulNotes/JosephMcCarthy McCarthy]] witch-hunts that dominated the headlines.
2nd May '16 11:02:06 PM SoapheadChurch
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* PunchClockVillain: One interpretation of Brady. This was certainly true of his real life counterpart: as much as Bryan was an anti-evolutionist crusader, the affair in Dayton was more or less something to occupy his time in retirement.

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* PunchClockVillain: One interpretation of Brady. This was certainly true of his real life counterpart: counterpart (the "Punch-Clock" part, anyway): as much as Bryan was an anti-evolutionist crusader, the affair in Dayton was more or less something to occupy his time in retirement.
2nd May '16 8:19:22 PM SoapheadChurch
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* AmoralAttorney: Brady's more interested in preaching than prosecuting and his religious devotion is more or less a way to be famous, compensating for all the times he's failed to become president. In contrast, the town accuses Drummond of taking the case solely to denounce religion, though Drummond is an agnostic who has nothing against religion save for the fundamentalists' literal interpretation of the Bible.
** The ending, by showing Drummond's familiarity with Biblical passages and Hornbeck's disgusted reaction, shows that the former is quite familiar with and respectful of the Bible, having taken up the case not out of hostility to religion but because of his devotion to freedom of thought. Earlier, Drummond makes this plain: "The Bible is a book. It's a good book, but it is not the ''only'' book."

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* AmoralAttorney: Brady's more interested in preaching than prosecuting and his religious devotion is more or less a way to be famous, compensating for all the times he's failed to become president. In contrast, the town accuses Drummond of taking the case solely to denounce religion, though Drummond is an agnostic who has nothing against religion save for the fundamentalists' literal interpretation of the Bible.
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Bible. The ending, by showing Drummond's familiarity with Biblical passages and Hornbeck's disgusted reaction, shows that the former is quite familiar with and respectful of the Bible, having taken up the case not out of hostility to religion but because of his devotion to freedom of thought. Earlier, Drummond makes this plain: "The Bible is a book. It's a good book, but it is not the ''only'' book."



* CourtroomAntic: A lot of them. Badgering witnesses, limiting the defense's options by claiming areas of science irrelevant to the case at hand, and of course, direct-examining the prosecutor. TruthInTelevision for the real case too-it was an absolute ''circus''.

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* CourtroomAntic: A lot of them. Badgering witnesses, limiting the defense's options by claiming areas of science irrelevant to the case at hand, and of course, direct-examining the prosecutor. TruthInTelevision for the real case too-it too: it was an absolute ''circus''.



* HolierThanThou: Reverend Brown.

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* HolierThanThou: Reverend Brown. Even Brady is appalled by his display.



* HollywoodLaw: There are so, so many instances of this (however much of it's actually TruthInTelevision (the entire trial was staged).

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* HollywoodLaw: There are so, so many instances of this (however much of it's actually TruthInTelevision (the TruthInTelevision, since the entire trial was staged).



* PenultimateOutburst: Drummond's brush with a contempt charge.

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* PenultimateOutburst: Drummond's brush with a contempt charge. This also happened in the real trial, but in a far more subdued manner than in the play.



* PunchClockVillain: One interpretation of Brady.

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* PunchClockVillain: One interpretation of Brady. This was certainly true of his real life counterpart: as much as Bryan was an anti-evolutionist crusader, the affair in Dayton was more or less something to occupy his time in retirement.



* RippedFromTheHeadlines

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* RippedFromTheHeadlinesRippedFromTheHeadlines: Play is based on the actual Scopes Monkey Trial in the 1920s, but is supposed to be an allegory for the then-current McCarthy witch-hunts that dominated the headlines.



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Deliberately dramatized from the actual trial, which naturally means that many aspect of the film contradict the actual facts of the Scopes trial:

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Deliberately dramatized from the actual trial, which naturally means that many aspect aspects of the film contradict the actual facts of the Scopes trial:



** H.L. Mencken's participation in the whole affair is magnified. In reality, he merely commentated irreverently from the sidelines for the ''Baltimore Sun'' and actually left Dayton before the trial was over. He thus also missed Darrow's examination of Bryan, something he sorely regretted.

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** H.L. Mencken's participation in the whole affair is magnified. In reality, he merely commentated irreverently from the sidelines for the ''Baltimore Sun'' and actually left Dayton before the trial was over. He thus also therefore missed Darrow's examination of Bryan, something he sorely regretted.



* WantingIsBetterThanHaving: Attorney Henry Drummond tells a story about a rocking horse he wanted when he was a child. It was far too expensive for his family to get for him, but his father scrimped and saved and managed to purchase the rocking horse for Drummond as a Christmas present. And the first time Drummond got on it to ride, it fell apart from dry rot. The Horse looked shiny, new and wonderful on the outside, but was really rotten to the core. This is a metaphor for his view on the fundamentalist literal interpretation of the Bible. The scrimping and saving, and the depressiveness of the realization, might also be part of the analogy, respectively standing for the hardship and hopes stored up in the struggle for salvation, and the possible overwhelming sadness that comes from realizing that work was wasted and those hopes false if it turns out they were.

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* WantingIsBetterThanHaving: Attorney Henry Drummond tells a story about a rocking horse he wanted when he was a child. It was far too expensive for his family to get for him, but his father scrimped and saved and managed to purchase the rocking horse for Drummond as a Christmas present. And the first time Drummond got on it to ride, it fell apart from dry rot. The Horse looked shiny, new and wonderful on the outside, but was really rotten to the core. This is a metaphor for his view on the fundamentalist literal interpretation of the Bible. The scrimping and saving, and the depressiveness grief of the realization, might also be part of the analogy, respectively standing for the hardship and hopes stored up in the struggle for salvation, and the possible overwhelming sadness that comes from realizing that work was wasted and those hopes false if it turns out they were.
1st May '16 9:35:22 PM Fireblood
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* YouCanNotKillAnIdea: Works both ways. The Fundamentalists do their spiteful best to "kill" the concept of evolution because, for some, they fear science will come and "kill" their literal view of the Bible.

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* YouCanNotKillAnIdea: Works both ways. The Fundamentalists fundamentalists do their spiteful best to "kill" the concept of evolution because, for some, they fear science will come and "kill" their literal view of the Bible.
Bible.
1st May '16 6:05:18 PM Fireblood
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** Scopes was not a lone renegade teaching evolution in open defiance of the law. Every teacher in the state taught from the same biology textbook -- Civil Biology -- and thus every teacher in Dayton was violating the law. Any of them could have been a potential defendant.

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** Scopes was not a lone renegade teaching evolution in open defiance of the law. Every teacher in the state taught from the same biology textbook -- Civil Civic Biology -- and thus every teacher in Dayton was violating the law. Any of them could have been a potential defendant. When the law passed, the state university openly declared they would not stop teaching evolution, and were never punished for it. The law itself seems to have simply a means of "looking" good by the politicians to the fundamentalist Tennesseans.



** H.L. Mencken's participation in the whole affair is maginified. In reality, he merely commentated irreverently from the sidelines for the ''Baltimore Sun'' and actually left Dayton before the trial was over. He also missed Darrow's examination of Bryan, something he sorely regretted.

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** H.L. Mencken's participation in the whole affair is maginified.magnified. In reality, he merely commentated irreverently from the sidelines for the ''Baltimore Sun'' and actually left Dayton before the trial was over. He thus also missed Darrow's examination of Bryan, something he sorely regretted.
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