Inherit the Wind

In summer not to long ago everything is peaceful except in the courthouse in some small town where two famous big city lawyers are going head to head where the permission to think is on trial. Inherit the Wind describes in a fictional way the Scopes Monkey Trial of the 1920's. This book tells of a small town teacher, Bert Cates, who is on trial for disobeying the new law which has forbidden the teaching of evoultion in school. Bert goes through many obstacles in the trial; some are Rachel's betrayment, the trial's unfairness and the town's hatred. Although, despite these problems, Bert's lawyer, Harry Drummond, does not win the case but gets people to look at the situation differently. Also Bert and Rachel's problem is solved when she finds herself and finally decides things on her own, which is deciding to move out of her father's and go somewhere with Bert. In Inherit the Wind as the summer heated up so did the trial and many people's lives.

I really like Inherit the Wind, especially since anyone can relate to the concepts at anytime. I also really enjoyed the way they wove in background stories such as Bert and Rachel's story. Everything in Inherit the Wind was very well written and the characters show a lot of different personalities. It was also very interesting that is was written based on the real life Scopes Trial. There was really nothing to dislike about the book. It kept my attention by the changing outcome that kept me predicting about the final decision.

What can we learn?
This book, although entertaining, has some lessons behind it too. Firstly, this book shows the idea of tolerance or accepting someone despite their differences between you and them. For example, the trial teaches the people, living in Hillsboro, that it is ok not to believe in creation. Inherit the Wind also demonstrates the idea of thinking for yourself and not following what everyone else is doing or tells you to do. Just like what Rachel learned when she moved out of her father's house.

Essential Questions:
-How do we handle our individual differences?
I think we as a society handle our differences with a fair level of tolerance. Nobody agrees with everyone else perfectly but we still accept and work next to each other. I think that a lot of people in our society handle them by listioning to each person's differences just to understand them and see their point of view.

-Does tolerance equal acceptance?
I think tolerance does equal acceptance, at least in accepting the person. Even if I don't believe in someone's religion or beliefs, I would not ignore them but rather accept them as a person who is different than me. As I said before everyone has an opinoion but we tolerate these different opinions and accept them into our homes and schools.

-Can we tolerate someone without agreeing with them?
Yes, I believe that we can tolerate someone without agreeing with them. For example a catholic and a muslim can be great friends even though they do not believe the same thing, they still tolerate or accept each other.

Characterization Paragraph:


The characterization paragraph helped me to understand some of the concepts behind Inherit the Wind as well as letting me practice my grammar. One aspect of the paragraph assisignment that I did very well on was the structure of a paragraph, with the topic sentence, major support, minor support then clincher statement. One thing I should work on for next time would be using constant verb tenses.