Inherit The Wind Study Guides

  • Inherit the Wind


    Inherit the Wind is a play based on the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, in which teacher John Scopes, represented by the character of Bertram Cates, was sued by the state of Tennessee for teaching evolution. Much of the action occurs in the courtroom, with Matthew Harrison Brady prosecuting Cates, and Henry Drummond defending him. The two lawyers' ongoing pleas to the jury and arguments for their case explore a person's right to think freely and an individual's struggle against accepted societal norms.