Hillsboro, TN (fictional)
nickname “Buckle on the Bible Belt”- super religious town
Henry Drummond: agnostic, shows evolution and bible can coexist
Bertram Cates: Biology teacher who taught evolution
EK Hornbeck: reporter
Rachel Brown: internal conflict, torn her between her father and her love for Cates
Rev. Brown: overzealous Reverend, condemns Bert to hell
Irony: symbolism of courtroom heat (literally-hot summer, metaphorically-tensions)
Status quo vs progression
-conservative vs liberal
-fundamentalism vs evolutionism
Appearance vs reality
Drummond believes that thoughts can coexist. please Bible and Darwin’s book of evolution together.
“When you progress, you lose something else.”
“Maybe it is you who has moved away by standing still.” Drummond to Brady
The Golden Dancer- Rockinghorse Drummond dreamed about when he was a kid, when he got it, it instantly broke because it was poorly put together. relates to the theme “appearance vs reality” and how the horse breaks down like Brady on the stand.