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Zachary Wu English 7 2-4-13 Inherit the Wind Essay

In Inherit the Wind, lawyer Henry Drummond defends teacher Bertram Cates, who had taught evolution in his class, which was against state law. The prosecuting lawyer, a highly religious man named Matthew Harrison Brady, believes that teaching the theory of evolution is to be against the word of God. Since Drummond defends a man who is fighting a religious belief, he seems to be nothing but a snarky atheist at first. However, there are subtle hints throughout the book that Drummond is actually much deeper than he initially seems. The readers view of him changes greatly throughout the book; the first hint that he isnt who he seems comes when he corrects Brady about a line in the Bible. Drummonds first appearance in the book is that of a casual man who treats everything with levity, not that of a disciplined, religious man. Reverend Brown describes Drummond as a vicious, godless man. (page 36). In the courtroom, Drummond displays no se riousness, making jokes of everything. He makes fun of his own bright purple suspenders, saying that they came from Bradys hometown. He seems witty and clever, but not a deep thinker. His casual appearance makes him seem as if he has no respect for the court or for Christianity. The reader soon sees that Drummond is actually deeper than he seems initially. When he speaking to Rachel, who is Bertram Cates friend, he says that it takes a very smart fella to say, I dont know the answer! This line is unlike most of Drummonds others, as it sounds very philosophical, which is out of Drummonds character up until this point. The reader becomes unsure of not only Drummonds thinking patterns but also his beliefs. Drummond cross-

examines Brady as an expert on the bible. However, when talking about a particular line in the Bible, Drummond actually corrects Brady, who is supposedly the expert. This is only a small hint, casts doubt on whether if Drummond is really an atheist. The reader finds out the answer at the end of the book, when Brady dies. When Drummond finds out about Bradys death, he becomes a different person in the readers eyes. He shows that he had cared for Brady, and says he was a great man. When Hornbeck begins to insult Brady, Drummond snaps and says that Hornbeck has no more right to spit on his religion than you have to spit on my religion! Or my lack of it! (page 125) Hornbeck thinks it is strange that Drummond is defending Brady, but the strangest thing is when Drummond actually quotes from the Bible. This is when the readers suspicions of a religious Drummond are confirmed. Drummond is a character who changes greatly in the eyes of a reader, a first hint of change being his correction of Brady about a line in the Bible. Though he seems to be a cynical atheist at first, he shows his religious side to the reader as the story progresses. Authors Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee use Drummond as a character to develop the theme of open mindedness. Drummond is open to new ideas, as he is not only religious but he is also open to the idea of evolution. Although for the majority of the book he seems to be on the side of E.K Hornbeck, Drummonds fight with him at the end symbolizes a fight between people with open minds and those who are not willing to accept new beliefs.