All the actors shine but perhaps the best performance is that of Lee J. Several of the jurors have different reasons for discriminating against the defendant: Rose implies that the defendant comes from a minority ethnic group, perhaps black or Hispanic and because of his dysfunctional socio-economic background, many believe that he is capable of murder.
Therefore, Juror Number Eight, with the description given above, calls for a man of deep character and enormous depth of thought and humanity. Cobb - this is the character you remember after the film is over. This is very hard. The critical role of the 8th juror Rose characterises the 8th juror as a spokesperson for justice who foregrounds the concept of reasonable doubt.
Juror 11 - an immigrant watchmaker, careful methodical man, well mannered and soft spoken. Not an evil man he just has no sense of morality whatsoever - he can tell right from wrong but does not seem to think it's worth the bother. First of all, he wants to vote right away; then, he reports the "facts" to the others as he perceives them.
With an assortment of men of differing socio-economic backgrounds and personalities, there are certain biases that surface during the deliberations of the jury; moreover, these biases cloud the thinking of those who possess them.
Since the boy is to be executed if found guilty his life is now in the hands of the jury and juror 8 reasons that the least they could do is talk about the case a bit.
The audience can also see the arguments for guilty and wonder if Fonda's character is correct in saying that he doubts. The deconstruction of these obstacles finally paves the way for an honest and just outcome. Specifically, the 8th juror points out that the old man and woman assumed it was the boy; the old man could not have heard the boy yell over the sound of the elevated train or hurried to his front door in 15 seconds because of his injured leg.
He was a black teenager, and his relatives claim, wrongfully accused of a murder that he could not possibly have committed.
Productions[ edit ] Rose wrote several stage adaptations of the story. He may be emotionally upset. At stake is the fate of a year-old boy who is on trial for the murder of his father.
Juror 2 - a small, quite man, clearly unaccustomed to giving his own opinion much less to expecting his views to be of any importance.
Having exerted his rationality to the deliberations, No. Moreover, he is the first juror to show humanity throughout the play. We feel the discomfort of Henry Fonda as the other characters belittle and mock how he can see any reasonable doubt in the case.
As Fonda persuades the weary jurors to re-examine the evidence, we learn the backstory of each man. The 8th juror also states that just because the boy cannot remember the details of the movie does not automatically disprove his alibi or his guilt.
Some like the 2nd juror appear to be intimidated by the more vociferous ones. He concludes that the old man manipulated the evidence because he sought attention. It includes some of the best character development I've ever seen. They want a quick verdict. The film alternate version also points that this juror is actually a father of three which also would help explain why Eight, out of all the jurors, seems to have the most compassion for a nineteen year old defendant.
Twelve Angry Men is a legal drama, written by Reginald Rose during the heightened period of 's McCarthyism. The didactic play presents a cross section, examining 's America during a period of immense suspicion and uncertainty.
In a jury room of twelve people who have their own ideas and experiences, this task can become even more difficult. In Reginald Rose's '12. The play 12 Angry Men, by Reginald Rose, introduces to the audience twelve members of a jury made up of contrasting men from various backgrounds.
One of the most critical elements of the play is how the personalities and experiences of these men influence their initial majority vote of guilty. 12 Angry Men study guide contains a biography of Reginald Rose, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
Twelve Angry Men is a teleplay by Reginald Rose for the Studio One anthology American television series. Initially staged as a CBS live production on September 20,the drama was later rewritten for the stage in under the same title and again for a feature film, 12 Angry Men ().
The episode garnered three Emmy Awards for writer Rose, director Franklin Schaffner and Robert. Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose The play "Twelve Angry Men", By Reginald Rose, is a play about 12 jurors that in an uncomfortable room have to discuss a life and death case about a boy that is accused or killing his father.
the jurors do not really know eachother to talk to .Juror 8 in twelve angry men by reginald rose