12 Angry Men Theme Analysis

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English 12 Angry men Practise Essay ‘The right as a juror is responsibility which should not be taken lightly’ Reginald Rose’s play, ’12 Angry Men’ is set in 1950s America, after WWII and pre- Civil rights movement. The play depicts a racist time in society where America was fearful of the rein of communism during the time of McCarthyism, where she felt threatened in her democratic structure. Although proud of the democratic government, many flaws and loop holes in the function of it’s structure became apparent in particular with bringing about justice. ’12 Angry Men’ explores the process of her democratic juror system where a juror is entrusted with the ‘grave and exposes the faults in the system when jurors understate the significance of their role. Rose uses particular jurors each symbolic of differing values and beliefs to demonstrate the idea that a fair trial depends largely on the need for all jurors to consider all evidence. Through this, Rose criticises the structure and functioning of the judal system by showings how it can allow interference in a fair trial through corruption of prejudice and own personal views of individuals who ignore their importance and social responsibility. ’12 Angry Men’ suggests how when attempting to reach a fair verdict, there is a need for jurors to remain unbiased and explore the case fully, questioning evidence and minimising any form of reasonable doubt. It is through this that a juror can reach a fair verdict and act accordingly to their responsibility within the democratic system. In the beginning of the play, when the first votes are called, Juror 8 is the only juror to vote not guilty based on his uncertainty of the defendant’s innocence and how easily the other opposing jurors are willing to send a young boy to the chair. Although he recognises that the evidence suggests a guilty verdict, juror 8 stands alone as

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