Twelve Angry Men Essay

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"Its not easy to stand alone against the ridicule of others". Twelve Angry Men is more than a play, it is a reminder of our social responsibility. Discuss.

Twelve Angry Men is a legal drama, written by Reginald Rose during the heightened period of 1950's McCarthyism. The didactic play presents a cross section, examining 1950's America during a period of immense suspicion and uncertainty. Roses' play reminds us of the importance of responsibility and integrity, emphasising qualities such as courage that aid in preserving justice. The play examines the power of the "lone voice" and places a special emphasis on the serving of justice over the quest for truth through a central plot and strategic framing. The idea of time versus
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Rose utilises a central plot and setting to ensure the jurors remain focused on deliberating and the audience's engagement is limited to the deliberation process. The central focus creates a narrow spectrum in which the didactic themes of the play can be reiterated and emphasised. The play's juror 8 emphasises that "the boys life is not a game", constantly refocusing the jurors to the deliberation process when they digress. Through juror 8 Rose further highlights the importance of the juror's roles and their responsibility as civil servants. This also serves as a reminder to society to remain integral to their responsibility as civilians and thus Rose's non fictional undertone is carried through his fictional plot and characters.

The play is limited to a timeline in which Rose aims to convey his didactic message and hence the importance of social responsibility. The time elapsed in the play is synonymous with the amount of time the audience spend viewing, to create a sense of realism and dire importance. Within this period Rose addresses the issue of time versus responsibility as apathy within jurors serves to undermine the justice system and compromise the mechanisms of justice. "This better be quick" is a notion adopted by juror 7 serving as a justification behind his impulsive "guilty" verdict. The clock on the wall acts as a motif that exposes apathetic jurors

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