Objective: Theme is an overall idea that defines a story. The theme of Inherit the Wind drives the play and is demonstrated through the characters' actions, words, and deeds. The objective of this lesson is to understand theme and its place in Inherit the Wind.
1) Class discussion: What is theme? Why is it an important part of telling the story? Can a theme change throughout the story? Why or why not? What is the theme of Inherit the Wind? What are some examples in Act One that back up this theory?
2) Group discussion: Divide the class up into several groups. Have each group discuss the following: The opening scene between Melinda and Howard immediately creates a debate between Darwinism and the Bible. What are the details of their interaction? How do they apply to the overall theme of the story? Is their age significant? Why or why...
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