Inherit The Wind Critical Analysis

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Children are the future of our world. It is the youth of the world that will, at some point, come to power and essentially determine the standard of living. It is then, naturally, the adults responsibilities to ensure that their values, customs, and beliefs and passed down and kept alive through the generations. Children are born without beliefs and values, they have to be taught what and what not to believe at an early age. Sometimes the adults get so involved in making sure that the proper beliefs are passed on that they forget to leave room for anything else. It is easy to forget that, though they are but children, they do have the power to think for themselves and to decide what to carry on and what to leave behind. In Jerome Lawrence's play, Inherit the Wind, Lawrence clearly emphasizes the importance of youth in not today's world but in tomorrow's. Lawrence uses the "Scopes Monkey Trial" foundation to symbolically signify the importance of today's youth and how our decisions do not affect us today so much as they affect the rulers of tomorrow. A case held against a teacher trying to teach his students about evolution represents the adults holding their children back from the world; preventing them from using their own minds and pressing on them their own beliefs. The children of the world we live in have the right to make their own decisions in life, one's parents are of course responsible to show you the "righteous path", but everyone has the right to at least know about what else is out there.Lawrence wastes no time in his play to present one of the most prevalent underlying themes. The play starts off with two children, Howard and Melinda, having an indirect conversation about evolution. Howard claims that the world was once made of "blobs of jelly and worms", and that Melinda was once a worm. Melinda responds by accusing Howard of "sinful talk". Lawrence leaves it to the reader to assume that Howard was thought Darwinism by Cates (who, as a matter of fact, is not even introduced yet), and that Melinda has been taught to believe in the theory of Creation, either in school or by her parents. The point of this first dialogue is to place an emphasis on the fact that no matter what the adult's conclusion is, it is the children that will be directly affected by the ruling. The trial was not, in essence, to determine merely whether teaching evolution is legal, but it also challenged the very freedom to learn and gain knowledge; especially for the youth.Cates was not on a mission to spread the ideologies of Charles Darwin, he just felt the youth of the nation had the right to study both sides of the argument. He wanted to give them a chance to let them make their own decisions. The children of Hillsboro, or any children for that matter, could be taught one idea their...

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