Hannah Coble
15 years old
Conestoga Valley/10th
Playing Softball/basketball/tennis

Summary: A teacher accused of thinking in front of his class finds himself in the middle of a heated courtroom case. The town has turned against him and the only person that believed in him has betrayed him. Two experts of the courtroom battle their way to the top as the freedom of Americans is on the line. The courtroom transitions from a fight of evolution vs. creation to the right to think. The town catches on fire with heated debates and conversations contain ing their beliefs and the case. Maybe the definition of winning doesn’t involve coming in first.

Description of Characters:
Rachel Brown- Rachel is the daughter of Reverend Brown. She is also the lover of Cates who is the man on trial in the play. Rachel is a school teacher at the same school that Cates taught in as well.

Matthew Harrison Brady- Brady is the prosecuting attorney in the case. He is well known and is basically worshiped by the people of Hillsboro. He ran for president 3 times and never got elected.

Henry Drummond- Henry is the defense attorney in the case. He is believed to be the devil by the townspeople at the beginning and many people dislike him. He is known as the attorney who takes on cases which are "impossible" to win and he comes through victorious.

Bert Cates- Cates went against the law and taught about Darwin to his class. He is (was) a teacher at the same school as his lover Rachel Brown. He doesn’t want to admit he is wrong and has to go through this whole big case to make his point.\

Reverend Brown- Brown is Rachel’s father and he is also a very godly man. He is so godly that he puts a horrific curse on his own daughter. He is against Cates and everything he has done to disrupt his "perfect" town where everyone believed in creation.

Likes and dislikes of Inherit the Wind:

Likes: I really liked how even though Cates didn’t win the actual case, Drummond told him he really did win. He explained that everyone will hear about this and how he had destroyed a big law. I also like how the whole time Rachel and Cates were in love and even though Rachel betrayed Cates and in a way Cates betrayed Rachel they still loved one another. Rachel even offered that they should both get on a train and leave Hillsboro together. I also loved how Rachel got up the courage to leave her father. I think this kind of courage is inspiring to the readers.

Dislikes: I really didn’t like how at the end Brady dies. I understand that this was to show us the other side of Drummond and the effect it would have but I think this kind of ruined the book. Drummond and Cates just made a huge accomplishment and it can’t even be glorified because of the death of Brady. I also didn’t like how Rachel’s father put such a horrible curse on her. He was so mean and cruel to his own daughter just because she believed something different than he did.

What can we learn from reading this book?

Inherit the Wind teaches us many good lessons. One such lesson is that you can still win even if you don’t come in first place. Cates lost the case according to the judge and jury but Drummond stated that everyone will read about him "destroying" this bad law and that he had won some of the Hillsboro citizens. This makes him the winner even if he didn’t get the innocent sentence. Another lesson that Inherit the Wind teaches us is that you reap what you sow if you bring sin or hate upon you for an action of yours then you will feel the consequences. Just like Cates breaking the law, he now has to suffer the consequences of his actions by the whole town having hatred for him and having to be smack in the center of a gruesome court case. This play teaches us many good lessons that should stick with you throughout your life

Essential Questions:

1. How do we handle our individual differences?
People settle their differences in many ways. Some people don’t handle their differences as well as others do. The way people should handle them is to talk it out. They should talk about their opinions and give each other respect. Each person is entitled to their own individual belief. People should tolerate others and accept that they have a different belief. The wrong way that many people handle their differences is unfortunately by violence. People can’t wrap their minds around the fact that there are other options when your belief differs from other individuals. People handle their differences in many ways some bad some good.

2. Does tolerance equal acceptance?
I believe that acceptance equals tolerance but tolerance doesn’t necessarily equal acceptance. You can tolerate something but that doesn’t mean that you accept it. For example, if there was a little boy always yelling on the bus and I didn’t want to say anything to him so I would just tolerate his yelling. This doesn’t necessarily mean that I accept his yelling it’s just that I can tolerate it. However if you accept something this also means that you can certainly tolerate it.

3. Can we tolerate someone/ something without agreeing with them/it?
100% yes! You can definitely tolerate something without agreeing with it. As in example, someone from the Democratic Party listens to someone talk about them negatively they can tolerate that because everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Does this necessarily mean that this person agrees with what the person is saying about the Democratic Party? No. There are many situations where people experience moments where they can tolerate something but they don’t agree with it.

Characterization Essay

Reflections on Essay:

1. What did I learn from this writing assignment?
I learned that many books/plays have this similar concept where characterization or change in a person represents a bigger idea. Such as the characterization in Inherit the Wind showed us the theme that things are not always as they appear. I also learned many helpful writers’ tips, such as the "naked this" or that thesis statements don’t need to be long and wordy they just need to get the required information by. I learned so much about my writing style and what good introductions contain.

2. What did I do well in this unit?
What I think I did noticeable well on in this unit is understanding the significance of certain things in the book. When we would read the play I would pick out and think about the things that really meant something more than what the authors words said. I also think that I did pretty well at finding good quotes from the play that assist with what the topic of the paragraph is about.

3. What areas could I improve on?
I could definitely improve on using less passive voice in my writing. I had to go back and correct so many points in the essay above when I used passive voice. I could also improve on my thesaurus skills. I tend to repeat words in my writing and as much as I try to make the style in my papers unique words get repeated often.