The play (and movie) Inherit the Wind is an obvious dramatization of the so-called Scopes Monkey Trial, and many of its characters are utterly transparent representations of personages from the historical event. “Bertram Cates” is John T. Scopes. “Matthew Harrison Brady” is William Jennings Bryan. “Henry Drummond” is Clarence Darrow. And “E. K. Hornbeck” is H. L. Menken.
My question is this. Why did the playwrites even bother to give fictional names to these characters? The so-called disguise of dramatization is so thin as to be pointless.