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Social Justice

Social Justice

Pat G

on 9 June 2010

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Transcript of Social Justice

The setting was also one of the most important parts of this book. The whole trial was a very intense atmosphere and the intenesity was only increased by the setting. Social Justice The social issues in this book greatly affect the lives of the people involved. Since the issue present through the whole trial are brought up because of the way the people in the town live it does make sense that the results and occurences during the trial affect their lives. Because the town always knows whats going on around them when something as big as this trial hits the town everything about the peoples lives is affected. When the people hear about the man named Matthew Harrison Brady comes to prosecute Cates everyone is in a big fuss. Rachel says "He's coming in on a special train out of Chattanooga. Pa's going to the station to meet him. Everybody is!"(Lawernce, Lee 8)

As you can see the people in this town all wrap around this one thing. When everyone in the town changes because of one thing it is clear that whatever happened has a great affect on the peoples lives. The setting was an extremely hot court room jam packed with over one hundred people. The magnitude of this case was matched by the magnitude of the court room.

"The townspeople are packed into the sweltering courtroom"(Lee Lawrence, 37) All of these things led to social changes. The town seemed to divide into the factions that were created by the courtroom itself. The people on Cates side remained there out of the court room and those on the prosecutors side did the same. The conflicts that occur during this book are very important to the entire story. At one point Cates starts to doubt wether or not he should even go through with the trial. He begins to have a man v. self conflict which could change the whole story. http://writersforensicsblog.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/scopes_trial.jpg http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_0AxZHWIQBLI/SG4pKHxCM_I/AAAAAAAAA7M/PDyzfC3PNmg/s400/scopes%2Btrial.jpg This part of the story comes when Cates is in his cell talking to Rachel and Drummond. Drummond asks if cates wanted to give up the case and it brings up a very important part of the story. Cates goes through a large self debate wether or not to continue with the trial. He is getting advice from Rachel and Drummond and all of it seems to be clashing in his head. He eventually figures out that he would lose more than he would by completing the case and losing. Much to the dismay of Rachel he answers Drummond with this, "No, sir. I'm not gonna quit."(Lee Lawrence 42) http://www.thousandtyone.com/blog/content/binary/AngelDevilOnProgrammersShoulders.gif The way the author uses characterization changes the whole story. The way the author portrays Brady makes him seem like a godly figure set out just to win this case. When he arives in the town everyone shows up at the train to greet him. He was described as a towering man larger than life. " Brady seems to carry with him a built-in spotlight."(Lee Lawrence 19) http://billylai.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/point_spotlight_dynamic.jpg Some of the irony in Inherit the Wind revolves around the character Rachel. She is in love with a man that doesn't believe in the bibles writings. Yet her father in the towns reverend. This irony adds the the stories conflicts. http://www.genesis.net.au/~bible/bible.gif Since this story is all about how religion and science conflict on almost every subject many questions are raised throughout the story. One of the main questions raised by this story is what should people believe. Something that has been around for thousands of years, or a view point of a more realistic or testable theory. "You heard about a fella named Darwin?"(Lee Lawrence 38) This is what Drummond asked a man who was going to be in the jury. He responded with a simple no but he had heard of the bible. His viewpoint was following the bible just like many of the other people in the crowd and jury. http://scrapetv.com/News/News%20Pages/Science/Images/charles-darwin-portrait.jpg The peoples lives are changed very greatly by what happens during this trial. When the trial comes to an end the events that transpired are supposedly what caused Brady to die. Some people think that he was ashamed at some of the things that happened during the trial and after a while he "died of a busted belly."(Lee Lawrence 125). If this isn't a severe change than I don't know what is. Conflict. Without conflict many stories would be very bland and have hardly any action in them. I think that conflict is one of the most important parts of getting a message across especially if it is used well. http://www.solidprinciples.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/gravestone-RIP.jpg http://scrapetv.com/News/News%20Pages/usa/Images/fight.jpg
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