Darwinism a scientific truth “as the theory

Darwinism is the scientific truth in Inherit the Wind. “Scientific truth is based on facts. Philosophy, religion, feelings, and prejudice have nothing to do with science (… ) Verified, reproducible facts are the bedrock of scientific truth. The facts are used to construct theories which describe the detailed relations among large numbers of facts and their origin from common roots” (Girifalco, 276). From this it can be understood that darwinism is in fact a scientific truth “as the theory is supported by evidence from a wide variety of scientific disciplines, including paleontology, geology, genetics and developmental biology” (Ker, Live Science). As darwinism becomes more apparent, the spectators of the trial begin to realize that there is more to what they know about creationism and evolution. They are also able to finally realize, that because no one actually knows where humans came from, no ‘truths’ about human origins can be considered objective. When Drummond first calls Brady to the witness stand it is said that he is extremely overconfident, unaware of Drummond’s shrewd ability to get information out of his witnesses. In his arrogance, Brady fails to realize that there would be consequences for taking the witness stand. Throughout Drummond’s questioning, Brady foolishly admits that he has never read anything about Darwin’s theories, and it becomes evident that he does not interpret the bible literally, but instead thinks, as God intended man to do. “Brady’s oratory is unassailable; but his vanity- exposed by Drummonds prodding- is only funny. The laughter of the spectators is painful to Brady. He starts to answer Drummond, then turns towards the spectators and tries, almost physically, to suppress the amused reaction. This only makes it worse” (Lawrence and Lee, 99). Through Drummonds skillful questioning,  Brady is transformed from a strong, confident leader to a pathetic, floundering fool. In his public humiliation and the destruction of his credibility, the spectators begin to align themselves with Drummond. They no longer believe that they should blindly believe what Brady is telling them. As we near the end of the play, we reach the end of the trial. It ends with the final verdict of Cates being guilty and required to pay a fine. Although he has won, Brady is not satisfied. For what Drummond wins is much more satisfying. He and Cates win the moral victory for standing up for what they believed in, — that it is right to teach evolution theory to students — and like Drummond says, by going into the trial ready to fight for what he believed, Cates has second handedly “helped the next fella” who decides to stand up and fight for a belief that may be unpopular. And as if winning the moral vote wasn’t enough, it also seems like Drummond and Cates won the crowd vote. The boo’s when the verdict was called, show just how far the two have came. From being set aside as outcast, to being supported and commended for their work.