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inherit wind

Explain how the play's title contributes to its meaning.


The Biblical quote holds much in the way of meaning in terms of the meaning of the play.  The passage comes from the Book of Psalms reading, "He who troubles his own house shall inherit the wind and the fool shall be a servant to the wise in heart." Brady speaks the quote regarding Bert Cates.  The implication is that the teacher has caused "trouble" in his going against the "established" word of the town.  In the end, Hornbeck recalls Brady's words and suggests that they should be written on his tombstone.  In the quote, there is much which ties into the play.  The second part of the quote is fascinating.  Who would constitute as "the fool"?  Would the townspeople serve this capacity, or Brady, or Hornbeck or Reverend Brown, or Rachel, or Bert, or Drummond?  Each of them could hold a compelling case of causing "trouble," in their own right with their belief systems.  One of the most intriguing elements in the play is the idea of who is right and what constitutes right.  Given the fact that Bible has much in the way of authority, the fact that it reveals such complexity with such a quote is quite fascinating in its own right.

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