In haret the wind Essay

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in haret the wind

KEY LITERARY ELEMENTS
SETTING
The play takes place in Hillsboro. It is a small fictional town that is meant to resemble
Dayton, Tennessee, where the Scopes trial was held in 1925.

LIST OF CHARACTERS
Major Characters
Matthew Harrison Brady - a politician and lawyer. He is the prosecuting attorney for the
state against Bertram Cates and a three-time presidential candidate.

Henry Drummond - the lawyer for the defense. He is famous for taking the cases of unpopular clients.
Rachel Brown - the daughter of Hillsboro's minister and the girlfriend of the defendant,
Bertram Cates. She is a teacher.





Bertram Cates - the defendant, who is a teacher. He taught his students about Charles
Darwin's Origins of the Species in spite of the fact that it was against the laws of his
state.

E. K. Hornbeck - a reporter for the Baltimore Herald. He comes to Hillsboro to cover the
Cates trial. He considers the people of Hillsboro thoroughly backward in their thinking
and looks on at the trial in amused contempt.

Reverend Jeremiah Brown - Hillsboro's minister. He is a hard- hearted man who feels no
qualms about convincing the town to condemn Bert Cates and his daughter as incorrigible
sinners.

Minor Characters
Melinda - a girl of the town who thinks evolutionary theory is the devil's work.
Howard - a boy of the town who was in Cates' class and half- believes the theory of evolution.
Meeker - the clerk of the court.
Mr. Goodfellow - a storeowner. He refuses to take a stand, for he says it is bad for business to have an opinion.
Mrs. Krebs - a woman of the town who is perfectly in line with the normative beliefs of the Hillsboro.
Corkin - a worker who paints the banner.
Bollinger - a member of the band that plays for Brady's arrival.
Platt - a man who is happy to see the town the object of so much attention.
Mr. Bannister - one of the men of the town who admires Brady greatly. He is chosen to be
on the jury because he does not know how to read.

Mrs. McClain - a woman who tries to sell Hornbeck a fan from the funeral home.
Mrs. Blair - Howard's mother.
Elijah - a man who comes in from the countryside to be in town for the trial. He condemns
evolution and sells Bibles, even though he does not know how to read or write.

Timmy - a boy who announces Brady's train.
Mayor - a man who follows the normative beliefs of the town and will bend the laws to suit
the popular tastes. He tries to find a way to ban Henry Drummond from Hillsboro.

Mrs. Brady - a woman who is both wife and mother to her husband.



Tom Davenport - the town lawyer. He is represents the prosecution and assists Brady.
Judge - a man who is closed to the process of deliberation. He refuses to let Drummond
call witnesses to testify about evolutionary theory. He judges the court with an obvious
bias towards the state's case.

Jessie H. Dunlap - a man who is rejected from being on the jury because he believes in the
Bible and in Brady in the same breath.

George Sillers - a man who is chosen to be on the jury because he leaves religion to his wife.
Harry U. Esterbrook - a radio man seen in the last act of the play
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