We all have individual rights. For example, the right to believe in anything we would like to believe in without being persecuted or thrown into jail. We are entitled to have our own thoughts and opinions, but in the book Inherit the Wind written by Robert E.Lee and Jerome Lawrence we see that having your own individual beliefs or thoughts is unacceptable and wrong.
Aristotle once said "A man doesn't become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall.” In literature, a tragic hero is best defined as a character who makes a mistake which inevitably leads to their downfall. Moreover, a tragic hero is often depicted as conceited, arrogant, and someone whose fortune is reversed. In “Inherit the Wind”, the issue of Matthew Harrison Brady as a tragic hero is significant since he was expected to triumph against Drummond because he was a hero to everyone else.
Bert Cates has been sent to court for teaching evolution at school. Most people’s opinions are to send him to jail for not teaching the creation of mankind by God. Throughout “Inherit the Wind”, bigotry, prejudice, and ignorance were shown by the citizen’s, Brady’s, and the Judge’s opinions. All three of these words are influential in the play because some characters have an intolerance toward others with different opinions, most character’s preconceived opinions about evolution are different, and most of the people lack knowledge of Darwin’s book of evolution.
Running away as a child can be seen as a way to escape. A child can escape their parents, their responsibilities, and society as a whole. It is a way to get away from everything in one’s life and live naturally. This is very similar to how Huckleberry Finn decides to live his life in the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain. In this story, set in the south before the Civil War South, Huck decides to abandon his life at home and live life on a raft, floating down the Mississippi river with a runaway slave Jim. On their journey, they meet people from different walks of life, engage in a decades long feud, and even attend a circus. However, this novel is not all fun and games. Mark Twain blatantly demonstrates his beliefs in
Prejudice, racism, classes, apathy, justice. These are the wonders and horrors of the American judicial system. Both the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” and the play “Twelve Angry Men”, portray those subjects in both similar and different ways. The trials in “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Twelve Angry Men” had many similarities, but all of those stemmed into differences. I will be addressing the settings, the jury prejudice, the lawyers, and the way they would be ruled in modern society.
When someone has committed a crime, they are put on trial and they go through the motions of the judicial system. In 12 Angry Men, Reginald Rose creates a play that displays the judicial system in its truest form. It tells the story of the jury, as they have to come to a unanimous verdict of whether the defendant is guilty, innocent, guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, of murder. The main conflict that the jurors face in the play is whether to charge him as guilty or not. Through the conflict in the book, the flaws in the justice system are illustrated and reasonable doubt appears. They are most apparent through the first vote, the change of heart in the seventh juror and the final verdict.
Judy Brady’s “I Want A Wife” is a revolutionary piece that attempted to reveal the unequal roles men and women held in society. She goes through her prose by listing all the responsibilities her wife must have and the ways to make her happy. Brady’s whole article is satirizing these roles and is, in general, very sarcastic in her tone. She mocks a society that has given women an impossible standard and she starts with the deprivation of her education then continues with the role her wife should play in domestic ways, and then finishes with the expectations the sexual aspects of their relationship. I believe that Brady’s underlying message was and still is important for the development of equality in our nation.
St. Cyril of Jerusalem once wrote, “The dragon sits by the side of the road, watching those who pass. Beware lest he devour you. We go to the Father of Souls, but it is necessary to pass by the dragon.” The dragon that he spoke of was temptation that distracts us from God and from the route we are meant to take. In many of Flannery O'Connor's works, including "Good Country People," "A Late Encounter with the Enemy," and "The Displaced Person," the dragon takes the form of pride and vanity. In these three short stories by O'Connor, the characters of Helga, General Sash, and Mrs. McIntyre are all distracted, by their pride and vanity, from reality.
In Hawthorne 's essay “Young Goodman Brown”, does it matter whether or not the protagonist, Goodman
People tend to be judged by how others perceive them to be, rather than how they actually are. This statement is shown in the play, Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. One example from the play in which this type of unfair judgement is displayed is when the news of Henry Drummond being the defense attorney for Bert Cates was announced. “Henry Drummond, the agnostic… A vicious, godless man… Henry Drummond is an agent of darkness. We won’t let him in the town… God didn’t make him, that he is a creature of the Devil, perhaps even the Devil himself.” (27-28). This shows an example of Reverend Brown judging Henry Drummond as an evil man who is even comparable to the Devil, despite the fact that he doesn’t truly know him and
This trial is even used to support some debates to this day. Also whether Darrow or Bryan should have won or lost is a question that is asked by many debaters. Some say that the law is misunderstood by many. Other say that there is and exaggeration of what the trial actual achieved. The scopes monkey trial is and unforgettable trial that has is useful still to this day and its key points are still use in trials today.
The narrative rhetoric of Anna Doyle “Robert C. Rowland” (32). Tells a story through a written testimony to emphasize that freedom of religion in the public-school systems is not being treated fairly, as she believes that schools discriminate against Christians. Doyle’s main plot is centers around the experience that she had along with her children when they transferred to a public school as they felt they were not being treated with respect because of practicing their religious traditions at that school. The story took a place in a suburban community when Anna and her husband decided to send their kids to public school as they felt they ought to do that because they pay so much in property taxes. In this testimony, we have Anna Doyle as the mother of Rebecca, Kathryn, Joshua and Matthew whom are mentioned throughout the testimony. In the case of Anna Doyle, she narrates her story using specific events and details to tell her audience that the freedom of religion is a Right that should be acknowledged by public schools.
For instance, if a man possess a great value of money, but does not know how to invest, his fortune is never going to grow. This is one of the traits that made Thomas Jefferson an admirable man—his superior intelligence. He not only finished a professional career, but he served in many governmental positions; making him the perfect candidate to write the Declaration of Independence. To write such a paper was a great responsibility which required a great amount of thinking to state every point accordingly to the needs of the nation’s citizens. He not only thought about one point in favor of few, but many points in favor of all. It is impressive that over two hundred thirty six years after the paper was written, it still covers the standards from which the modern society lives
During the beginning of the twentieth century, Americans wanted change. The Progressive era was a time where people became more socially involved. Ending corruption in government was the most important part of the movement. Progressivism was an approach by the American people to reform local government, industry, churches and much more. Instead of living by the laws of the last century, this progress was beneficial to society as a whole. Crime at the turn of the century was also a concern, especially in urban communities. In this paper, I will discuss the 1905 jury trial of Robert Jefferson who was tried and convicted for the crime of Burglary in the Third Degree.
“A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong”. This quote was said by an esteemed chief of the Shawnee tribe,Tecumseh. This quote is not only used by tecumseh, but also represents the issue of individual versus society in the books Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee and Night by Elie Wiesel. The single stick represents the individual, who does not have the strength or power to overrule society. Society is represented by the bundle of stick, who has power and is strong because it has many people, sticks, apart of it. In both books the individual is challenging society. There is always the same winner though, which is society. It is possible that the individual can have a lot of power, there is never enough because