Inherit the Wind is a book based off a true story. It is a story that takes place in the small town of Hillsboro, TN. The normally quiet town is filled with people. The unusual conflict brings in publicity and reporters. This is a trial that will top all trials of its time. When a school teacher, Bert Cates, is caught braking the law and teaching evolution, he is instantly the town outcast and is put on trial. Famous attorneys, Henry Drummond and Mathew Harison Brady, come to take charge of the trial. One man is welcomed with a feast and parade while the other is called the devil. The trial started out to be a debate between right and wrong but became a fight for the right to think.

I really liked the main idea of the book. I think the book made some really good points about the right to think. It is a very good discussion book because of the strong opinions it forms. This book is not just a trial of weather or not Bert Cates did the right thing by teaching evolution in the classroom but it is a trial on having the right to an opinion.

This was a very good book with excellent ideas. However, I did not like the style in which the book was written. I did not like how Inherit the Wind was laid out like a play. I would have much preferred to read a book where the lines flow together and it is told like a story.

What can we learn from reading this book?
When first looking at the book it may seem like the author wants you to learn that it is okay to teach evolution. This book brings out much more than just that. We should take away from this book that each person is entitled to their own option. Everyone should be able to believe what they want to and be able to consider every idea. Bert Cates and Drummond are fighting for the right to think. In the end Rachel realizes that it does not matter whether or not she agrees with Darwin but she has accepted it.

Essential Questions

How do we handle our individual differences?

Each person has their own opinion about everything. I think when it comes to these individual differences we need to accept each others personal view. This does not mean we need to agree with their way of thinking. By being tolerant and accepting individual differences, we are being respectful of other's ideas.

Does tolerance equal acceptance?

tol⋅er⋅ance –noun

a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one's own; freedom from bigotry.

ac⋅cept⋅ance -noun



the act of taking or receiving something offered.

Favorable reception; approval; favor.

Tolerance is different than acceptance. When you tolerate something or someone, you are just putting up with it. By accepting something, you are putting it behind you and not worrying about it. To accept you first need to tolerate it.

Can we tolerate someone/something without agreeing with them/it?
You are able to tolerate someone/something without agreeing with them/it. In the book, Rachel learns to tolerate and then accept Bert Cates opinion on Darwinism. She may not agree that Darwinism is correct, but she learned that she can still accept it.
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What did I learn from this writing assignment?
For the paragraph I wrote about the characterization of Rachel. Rachel started out very closed-minded. She just wants Bert Cates to admit that he was wrong. She will not even concider what Cates was teaching, Darwinism. After the trial Rachel becomes more open to Cates opinions and accepts Darwinism. From writing this paragraph, I learned the importance of being able to accept ones differences.

What did I do well in the unit?
I improved my ability to use good transitions. I also worked on connecting my minor supports to my major supports and including support from the text.

What areas could I improve on?
I need to practice using the correct verb tence. I could also improve my clincher statement from my paragraph.