Inherit the Wind vs. Scopes Monkey Trial
Bert Cates and John T. Scopes. Two very different people portrayed as one person. One thought the law was unjust and thought that people should be allowed to teach/learn whatever they want while the other just volunteered to test the unjust law and went to trial for it. Inherit the Wind and the Scopes Monkey Trial have a lot of differences. Although the authors told the readers that the play isn’t history, it is easy to tell that the play is inspired by the Scopes Monkey Trial. Changes had to be made to the play or else the play would get boring. Changes in the play added drama, thrill, and excitement. But most importantly, it helped readers better understand the main idea behind the Scope Trial. The changes that were made were all for the best. The changes made the readers think deeper and affected how readers thought. One who learns about the Scopes Monkey Trial and then reads “Inherit the Wind” wouldn’t have the same thoughts. However, the cores of the two are the same. The trial and the play are very different on the outside and similar on the inside and for that reason, it impacts our development of the characters, conflict, and also of the big ideas.
Many changes were made to the play that didn’t happen in the actual Trial in Dayton, Tennessee. One of the many changes that added dramatic effect was just the location of the Trial. In the actual trial, the people of Dayton only wanted to hold the trial there because they felt like it would create buzz and make their town known to the public. In the play, the townspeople actually cared about what the trial had to say, and they cared that someone was choosing science over the Bible. The publicity that they got was only because Brady, a very famous attorney, was going to be part of the trial. Nevertheless, that was only an added bonus the town received. This type of change shows the reader that the town has strong feelings for the topic at hand which creates drama....
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