The preliminary vote shows that many of the jurors at this point are not interested in deliberating at length. The other jurors are offended when they think he is criticizing them for quickly, and therefore callously, sending the kid to his death — though of course their taking offense signals that it is likely true.
Four, on the other hand, reacts negatively to these displays of emotion. Active Themes The Foreman then comments that he had a friend who wanted to be on the jury instead of him. Although he claims to have been at the movie theater during the time the murder took place, he was unable to recall the name of the movie that he was viewing there.
Angrily, he accuses Juror Eight of being stubborn and says Juror Eight will accomplish nothing even if he hangs the jury.
Three claims an interest in the facts, but more often restricts his arguments to verbally supporting Four when he presents facts and logical reasoning. There was great variety in the content of these dramas. Three realizes that Two has not been persuasive because he has not presented facts.
This creates conflict among the jurors especially because the instructions given to them by the judge state that a final decision on the verdict cannot be submitted unless it is unanimously agreed upon by the On the subject of the overly hot room he urges mature behavior, while Three shows a childish inclination to disagree for the sake of disagreement.
Active Themes Juror Seven nervously offers gum to the men at the water cooler and makes idle chat. His son ran from a fight when he was eight, and his father was ashamed of him. Among the main sources of evidence that the jurors have found compelling include the testimony of two key witnesses.
The dissenting voice comes from Juror 8 Rose does not give the jurors in the play proper names. Seven is preoccupied by entertainment; Eight listens silently, his physical isolation at the window foreshadowing his disagreement with the other jurors; Ten continues to show that he thinks of the kid as a member of a group that is different and ought to be looked down on.
Active Themes The vote is in favor of guilty: He cuts off his story as he gets more emotional. At this point, however, most of the jurors stand firm in their conviction that the defendant should be found guilty. He informs the jurors that they must find the defendant not guilty if there is a reasonable doubt that he is guilty.
The other jurors look at Juror Eight coldly.
Because Three has a poor relationship with his son, he sees all young men as ungrateful and difficult. Aside from the considerations mentioned, the jurors also took it to be significant that the defendant was on bad terms with his father prior to the murder, had a list of prior violent offenses, and that the murder weapon recovered from the scene of the crime matched that which had been purchased by the defendant prior and which was claimed to be one of a kind.
Rose recalls cameras breaking down and shows that ran either too long or too short to fill the exact time slot allocated. Four, again, maintains the peace. Juror Four notes that the double jeopardy law would prevent that man from being retried for the same crime. He sees the kid as not deserving of sympathy for his hard life, but conversely as all the more ready to lash out because of that hard life.
Television drama offered actors who were not well known in movies their first national exposure. Throughout, Four is rational and levelheaded.Written by Reginald Rose, Twelve Angry Men was originally presented as a televised play on CBS's Studio One.
The teleplay was broadcast in ByRose's drama was adapted into a stage play. Since then it has been seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and countless regional theaters productions. "Twelve Angry Men" did not begin on the stage as is often the case. Instead, the popular play was adapted from Reginald Rose's live teleplay that debuted on a CBS Studios' series, "Studio One in Hollywood." Inthe famous film adaptation starring Henry Fonda was produced, and the stage play did not debut until This detailed literature summary also contains Bibliography and a Free Quiz on Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose.
The play was inspired by Rose's own experience of jury duty on a manslaughter case in New York City.
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