Characterization of Henry Drummond



The characterization of Henry Drummond reveals the theme that appearance is not always reality. At the beginning of the book, Drummond appears hated by the townspeople, especially Reverend Brown. Reverend Brown reflects his hatred toward Drummond by calling him "a vicious godless man" (27). Furthermore, Reverend Brown shows his hatred by saying, "Henry Drummond is an agent of darkness" (27). Reverend Brown also suggests to the townspeople to keep Drummond out of the town. The townspeople who look up to Reverend Brown agree with his ideas of Drummond. Towards the end of the book, however, the townspeople begin to show their tolerance towards Drummond. For example, the townspeople laughed when Drummond called Brady to the stand and made jokes about him. The reaction of the crowd shows that they begin to tolerate Drummond. Also, in the middle of the trial, "the crowd seems to be slipping away from Brady and aligning itself more and more with Drummond" (94). When the trial ends, "Drummond moves out of the courtroom, and most of the crowd goes with him" (102). This action shows that the crowd begin to tolerate him. Even though Henry Drummond appears to be hated by the townspeople at the beginning, they show their tolerance towards him at the end which shows that appearance is not always reality.