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Today’s world is mostly open-minded, impartial, liberal and tolerant, but it was not always like this. It used to be a backward society, intolerant of modern views. The book Inherit the Wind shows this world of bigotry and prejudice, based in the 1950s about a clash between creationism and evolution in the court or as the Bigots would say, “Evil-lutionists.” This was the biggest brawl of the century the world had ever seen and with it obviously came conflicts, all with one thing in common, dogmatism. Inherit the Wind’s variety of conflicts highlights the theme of intolerance. The different kinds of conflicts seen in the play are, person vs society, person vs self and person vs person.The conflict between person and society is created when the person’s belief contradicts christianity. For example in the town of Hillsboro which falls in the bible belt of America, the people are intolerant of anyone who opposes their faith. Bertram Cates faces the same intolerance when he tries to teach the Darwin Species of Evolution. The Reverend of the town, Jeremiah Brown asks the people in the courtyard, “Do we call down hellfire on the man who has sinned against the word” (Lawrence and Lee 66), to which all the people reply, “Yes.” The townspeople openly curse a man for what he believes. They do not even want to hear his logic, or as to why he believes in it. This leads to him being proven guilty by all twelve jurors. They can listen and disagree but the Darwin Species of Evolution is never mentioned in court. It is fair enough for them to announce him guilty, but they can still look into the idea, although they decide otherwise because they are intolerant. Another person who is against society is Henry Drummond, the defendant. One reason why the townspeople despise him is because he is a city man. The other reason being that he indirectly supports the Darwin species of evolution, to which the society is intolerant to, as proven before. Since Drummond is a proud and big city man, the townspeople are afraid that he may win the case. They fear that big city people are not god fearing noble men and that they are all agnostics. The townspeople begin to call him that along with a, “vicious godless man,” or as Brown says, “… a creature of the Devil, perhaps even the Devil himself” (Lawrence and Lee 28). This shows how dogmatic they are because they judge a man they have never met before, Brown being an exception. They think he is an agnostic just because he supports Bertram and is a city man. Secondly, being intolerance of one’s self is possible, as shown by these person vs self conflicts. First of all, there is Matthew Harrison Brady who loves being the leader, a patriarch and basically having power. Without power, people are quite average, although there is nothing wrong with it, Brady just thinks that and believes being normal is not his standard. So, when Drummond starts questioning Brady and humiliating him, he loses his audience. Without the audience, he has no power, which he cannot tolerate. He struggles to get his audience back and starts to act strange. He is excused from the stand but does not leave. Instead, he pounds the air with his fists while saying the names of people from the book of Genesis. When everyone except his wife leaves, he sadly says, “I can’t stand it when they laugh at me” (Lawrence and Lee 102). He just cannot stand being average. In fact, in his last speech, people interrupt him constantly causing him to get a heart attack even after winning this case. Thus, Brady is really intolerant of being average. Another example of this kind of conflict is of Rachel Brown who struggles with love. Rachel loves Betram but since he is on trial and is ridiculed, she does not accept it. Her father says that he is a terrible man and should be sent to hell. She does not want that to happen but everyone is against Bertram, so she joins them unwillingly. Rachel starts to speak against Bert at the court but when Brady adds on his opinion making everything seem worse, she begins to defend Bertram (Lawrence and Lee 75-79). When questioned she is confused and begins to have a breakdown. Thus, Rachel struggles to accept that she loves Bertram.Lastly, the conflict of person vs person which includes the main conflict of Brady vs Drummond. The two lawyers go against each other to support their separate beliefs. Brady says, “I say that these bible haters, these ‘Evil-utionists’ are brewers of poison,” (Lawrence and Lee 70) to anyone who opposes his faith. Moreover, instead of acknowledging Drummond’s beliefs, he insults it, which shows that he is beyond intolerant. Drummond also does not like Brady’s views but he is not as intolerant. Drummond once replies to a question by saying, “All I want is to prevent the clock-stoppers from dumping a load of medieval nonsense into the United States Constitution” (Lawrence and Lee 47). Another conflict is between Rachel Brown and her father, Reverend Brown. As mentioned before, Rachel loves Bertram and wants to support him somehow but her father believes otherwise. This results in Rachel opposing Brown when he curses Bertram. Brown then responds by announcing, “Lord we call down the same curse on those who ask grace for this sinner-though they be blood of my blood, and flesh of my flesh” (Lawrence and Lee 66). A father curses his own daughter because she has different views than him. Thus, this makes him intolerant of anyone who has different views to him. Overall, Inherit the Wind has a subject of intolerance in all of its conflicts. Whether they be person vs self, person vs person or person vs society. This shows that intolerance breeds problems. Getting rid of it will be beneficial for all of humanity, as it will bring peace. This would be absolutely wonderful for all mankind.  

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