Inherit The Wind Character Analysis

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Inherit The Wind Paper Andre Gide, a Nobel winning French author, once said, "Society knows perfectly well how to kill a man and has methods more subtle than death”. In "Inherit The Wind" by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, this message is declared directly and indirectly through the play. The entire story can be seen as a metaphor as the people were originally cheering for Brady, but at the end of it all he dies a sad man who doesn’t have the praise of Hillsboro. In the play, technology takes the place of Mr. Brady. This idea is first introduced during Hornbeck’s “Wake up, Sleeping Beauty” speech: “The ordinary people / Played a dirty trick on Colonel Brady. / They ceased to exist” (Lawrence & Lee 34-35). Hornbeck goes on to speak of the “inside plumbing in their heads” (34), the “highway through the backwoods” (34), the leafless cousins of the trees “the telephone poles” (35), and “Henry’s Lizzie” (35). These references describe how technology has taken the place of the “Yesterday-Messiah” (35). Brady was once the champion of the common folk but he now stands for nothing. While the speech may provide info on this topic, it is truly the play itself that proves Hornbeck right to almost every detail of his speech. When Brady arrives at the town he is greeted by townsfolk singing, “Gimme that old-time religion” (18). As the play progresses the once great man loses this support in the later part of the book, first partially and then fully at the end of the trial. He is annoyed that the people of the court are starting to laugh with Drummond: “BRADY is nettled: this is his show / and he wants all the laughs” (40). In his final attempt to regain the court, he pleads for attention but “Attention is given him, / not as the inevitable due of a mighty monarch, but grudgingly / and resentfully” (118). His death marks the end of the drama and it proves Hornbeck’s

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