Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

Summary: Bertram Cates is a substitute teacher at a school in Hillsboro, Tennessee. He is arrested because broke Butler's law by reading about evolution, from a textbook, to his students. The Butler law states that public school teachers are forbidden to teach the students about evolution. The townspeople, who are really faithful to God, schedule a court hearing for Cates who is currently kept in the town's jail. Rachel, Cates' friend, wants him to admit his mistake but he insists that he didn't do anything wrong. The prosecution attorney for the case is Matthew Harrison Brady, a three time presidential candidate who is welcomed with a lunch buffet. In contrast, the defense attorney is Henry Drummond who Reverend Brown wants to keep out of the town. During the hearing, all of Drummond's prosecutors are denied because, according to Brady, they are "irrelevant" to the case. In the end, Drummond ends up calling Brady to the stand and proves his point. Bertram Cates is found guilty, but he only has to pay a 500-dollar fine. Even though he is found guilty, Drummond says that he wins the case in the eyes of nations because "he smashed a bad law and made it a joke."

Likes/dislikes: The plot of this book is really interesting. I like how the characters have their own unique characteristics. I don't really have anything that I dislike from this book.

What can we learn form reading this book?
From reading this book, we can learn that right or wrong is based from people's opinions.

How do we handle our individual differences?
Some people handle individual differences by expressing their opinions and others handle it by accepting those differences. In this book, the townspeople, especially Brady handle the differences by expressing their opinions about evolution.

Does tolerance equal acceptance?
In my opinion, tolerance does not equal acceptance. You can tolerance someone or something without accepting it.

Can we tolerate someone/something without agreeing with them/it?
Yes, we can tolerate someone/something without agreeing with them/it. For example, in the book Rachel doesn't agree with Darwin's theory of evolution but she reads his book.

Characterization Paragraph

What did I learn from this writing assignment?
What I learned from this writing assignment is that appearance is not always reality.

What did I do well in this unit?
What I did well in this unit is the topic sentence. I also did well on finding some quotes to use to support my main ideas.

What areas could I improve on?
Some areas that I could improve on is my action verbs. I could choose some better action verbs to improve the paragraph. Also, I could pick better transition words to help the paragraph flow more nicely.


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