Analysis Of Twelve Angry Men By Reginald Rose
This play helped me to see the best aspects and worst sides of humanity. The play uses literary techniques creatively to explore themes such as responsibility, prejudice, justice, group dynamics, and standing up and supporting one’s views. This text effectively captures the best of humanity.
Through juxtaposition, setting and reflection, you explored the human condition through the eyes of jurors. You made sure that the jury room was filled with a variety of characters from various backgrounds, professions, and occupations. Each juror’s personality, opinions and experiences are a good way to show the diversity between people. Juror Four, for instance is a stockbroker. He must make informed decisions under pressure. Juror 8, as an architect, is calm. Juror 8 systematically examines evidence. He is also known as an integrity representative who emphasizes the idea “reasonable doubt” while examining the evidence. The “drab” juryroom faces the New York skyline which represents the American dream with its emphasis on individuality, money, and business. This highlights the dominant nature of personal motives in jury members. You have shown that the jury system is being downgraded by using contradiction and contrast. Your skillful demonstration of prejudice and its impact on truth has resulted in a stunningly beautiful setting. Emotional tension and prejudice can be explored by examining the interaction between character and setting. You deliberately made the setting reflect the emotions and tension that resulted from jurors’ prejudices and personalities. It is, for example, the “hottest day ever recorded” with no fans. Therefore, it is hot and everyone on the jury wants a quick resolution. The emotional tension builds to a point when the third juror grabs and shouts at the 8th, “I’m going to kill you!” highlighting the worst parts of human society. Stage direction can be used when the Guard continuously locks or unlocks the door. This signifies jurors are closed-minded and prejudiced about the boy.
Rose explores civic responsibility, group dynamics, contemplation, and symbolism through the use of setting and props. Act II: The majority of the jury believe that the boy is guilty. In Act II, there is a dramatic weather change and it suddenly rains. Juror Eight becomes more supportive and the tension gradually eases. The foreman claims that the rain changed the game’s character and overturned the prediction. Juror Eight (the protagonist) reflects at the window. Juror Ten takes a racial rant and the whole jury gets up to look around and try to understand Ten’s prejudices and ignorance. While some jurors can be irresponsible while they serve the jury, such as when they play Tic-Tac Toe, others feel responsible for their civic duties. Juror Eight is particularly responsible. This drives him to gather evidence and facts. The jury eventually came to an agreement that Juror Eight was not guilty.