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Rachel’s romance with Cates runs parallel to
her own personal development and highlights the primary conflict
in the play—fundamentalism versus freedom of thought. Rachel’s budding emotions
pull her away from her father, Reverend Brown, the religious leader
of Hillsboro. As Rachel tells more of her story, her father and
the form of Christianity practiced in Hillsboro appear more and
more cruel and heartless. Rachel relates that her father always
frightened her, even from a young age. He publicly confirms her
fears at a town prayer meeting, when he damns her soul for supporting
Cates. As Rachel’s romantic interest, Cates, who teaches evolution
to his students and brings an open mind to matters of science and
religion, stands in bold opposition to Rachel’s father and his views.
Perhaps most important, Cates refrains from imposing his own views
on others and is willing to engage in constant questioning of ideas.
Throughout Inherit the Wind, these two characters—Cates
and Reverend Brown—test Rachel’s loyalties. At the conclusion of
the trial, Rachel separates from her father and departs with Cates—a
choice that enables her personal liberation.
Ace your assignments with our guide to Inherit the Wind!