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                      Inherit the Wind Rhetorical Analysis                

The movie Inherit the Wind, is a film adaptation of the famous Scopes “Monkey” Trial that occurred in the state of Tennessee in 1925. The trial was purposefully staged to attract more visitors in the Town of Dayton, Tennessee (rae.org). Nevertheless, it still holds a controversial importance. The trial was primarily about a teacher that violated the Butler’s Act, which explicitly banned teaching Darwin’s Theory of Evolution to children in school. As a result, it lead to a trial that gained national attention. In the movie, Brady was the prosecuting attorney and Drummond was the defending attorney. They go back and forth debating the topic of the power of the human mind versus a greater being. Brady’s whole ideology was that the only way that the human mind should reason and see things is through the teachings of the Bible, and that humans should never question the bible. Drummond contradicts Brady’s belief by stating, “And the advance of man’s knowledge is a greater miracle than all the sticks turned to snakes or the parting of the waters.” By referring the power of men’s knowledge to a miracle, Drummond begs the question of how is men’s ability of thinking independently is condemned by the bible when the gift of thinking is one of God’s miracles. And a miracle is not to be condemned, but praised. Drummond also addresses the opposition’s ethos by asking, “then why did God plaint us with the power to think?” Again, Brady’s whole argument is that thinking beyond the bounds of the bible was deemed sinful, and again Drummond asks a question that falsifies Brady’s ethos in the topic of creation. If God wanted men to think only about God, then why give...

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