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Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Themes

Little Words, Big Ideas

Compassion and Forgiveness

Drummond and Brady are out for blood throughout Inherit the Wind, but when it really comes down to it, these ex-friends have soft spots for each other. In fact, Drummond is such a softie that Hornb...

Competition

In Inherit the Wind, we see one big fancy lawyer duke it out with another big fancy lawyer. As you might imagine, things get a little competitive. So while this play is about who's right and who's...

Contrasting Regions

All of Inherit the Wind takes place in the tiny town of Hillsboro, which the big-city reporter Hornbeck calls "the buckle of the Bible belt". Teehee. Luckily for us, enough out-of-towners show up f...

Defeat

For every winner there's some sad, sorry loser in town. And no number of second-place trophies can cure that sting of defeat, right? Well, in Inherit the Wind, even the winners lose. And the losers...

Education

You're not the boss of me now, and you're not so big … These are the famous last words uttered to babysitters, older siblings, and, oh, yes, teachers. But really, teachers do have a lot of influe...

Justice and Judgment

Besides the obvious facts—the play is based on a real-life court case, and the climax is the verdict—Inherit the Wind contains some deeper critiques of the American justice system. In fact, we...

Principles

Would you be willing to go to jail in order to teach something the law says you shouldn't, if you thought that thing was really important to the education of young minds? If you were a lawyer, woul...

Religion

Did we come from monkeys, or were we created from the dust? That's the big question at the center of the trial in Inherit the Wind, and it's a question that many people believe pits religion agains...
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