Inherit the Wind, a play written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, has many extremely complex characters. Sarah Brady can easily be written off as a shallow character who’s only purpose is to follow her husband around, however, she is so much more than Matthew Harrison Brady’s personal cheerleading team. Mrs. Brady is motherly, empathetic, and incredibly supportive, and Brady would not have achieved anything without her.
Her motherly instinct can make her seem weak and shallow, but in reality it’s one of her strongest character traits. Brady can tend to overextend himself, putting him into situations that may threaten his health. Mrs. Brady keeps him in check. After arriving in Hillsboro, the town prepares a picnic for Brady to enjoy, before he begins to eat, she reminds him, “. . . it’s a warm day. Remember, the doctor told you not to overeat” (23). While these comments may seem like incessant nagging, they come from a place of unconditional love and worry. Mrs. Brady takes on this role of “mother” so well that her husband refers to her as mother frequently. After Drummond vilifies Brady on the witness stand, Mrs. Brady immediately runs to her husband and holds him. As he cries she soothes him, saying, “It’s alright baby. It’s alright. Baby. . . Baby. . .” (103). Her endless, seemingly unconditional love is one of the strongest forces in the entire play.
Mrs. Brady’s kindness and empathy is unmatched. She is a constantly reassuring Matt, a task which isn’t easy. She plays the role of a subservient wife, but takes on the pressure and emotions behind the legal cases almost as much as her husband does. In the film, she consoles Rachel and calms her down after Brady betrays her trust. She manages to stand up for her husband, but still sympathize with Rachel and her feelings. Mrs. Brady is always honest, and still is able to be kind and polite. After arriving in Hillsboro, when the photographer asks for a picture, she respectfully declines, saying, “No, Matt. Just you and the dignitaries” (20). She gets her feelings and wishes...