Jerome Lawrence Writing Styles in Inherit the Wind

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Image and Irony

The stage directions call for the courtroom to be in the foreground. This is appropriate as the site of the drama's action. The directions also call for the town to be "visible always, looming there, as much on trial as the individual defendant." This "image" of the town on trial presents the central irony of the play: Bert Gates is on trial for his forward thinking, while the town of Hillsboro is on trial for its backward thinking.

Extended Metaphor

At the beginning of Act ffl, before the jury returns with the verdict, Drummond muses aloud about Golden Dancer. As a child, Drummond had seen a brightly colored rocking horse in a store window, and his parents, through extra work and sacrifice, bought the toy for the young Drummond as a birthday present. When he jumped on it to start to ride, the horse broke apart...

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