English Culminating Essay

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We all have strong family bonds, even if they are not related by blood. Everyone has someone that they feel close to. There are even some that are related by blood, but are no close. All of these books have some similar themes, but each is unique in it’s own way. Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare shows how family can make you ashamed of where you come from. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee shows how family can not always sympathize and relate to you, even if you have a bond of blood. Night by Elie Wiesel shows that the strongest can even become the weakest. The familial relationships in Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee is between Rachel Brown and he father Reverend Brown. While Rachel is a very kind, gentle and forgiving person, her father is harsh, mean, and unforgiving. “Do we curse the man who denies the word? Do we cast out this sinner in our midst? Do we call down hell fire on the man who has sinned against the word?” (Lawrence, Lee 65-66) The reverend wants to punish Cates, who is involved with his daughter. Not only for that reason, but also for Cates teaching science to children. Creationism and Evolutionism are two things that greatly contradict each other. The role of this familial relationship is to show how some may be related, but can also go against their own blood. At the end of the book Rachel says, “ I’ve read it. All the way through. I don’t understand it. What I do understand, I don’t like. I don’t want to think that men come from apes and monkeys. But I think that’s besides the point.” (Lawrence, Lee 124) Even though Rachel is related to a science-hating and an extreme bible-believer, she has an open mind and does not put down other ideas, even if she thinks that they are ridiculous. She no longer agrees with her father’s views. She does not hate him. She just does not want to be with him any

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