Importance Of Juror In 12 Angry Men

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Describe the Character, Describe the Character Role, Explain the significance of that Juror in illustrating the theme of the play and Compare and contrast the Juror with one other Juror.

12 Angry Men is a play written by Reginald Rose in 1955. The play is about a 16 year old boy who is suspected of killed his father. It is a murder of the first degree and the penalty is the electric chair. The jurors are given the case on a hot day in downtown New York where tempers are running high with the heat. The jurors have to sort “facts from fancy” and come to an unanimous decision meaning they all have to vote guilty or not guilty. The juror I am going to discuss is the 8th juror, he was the only person to vote not guilty. I will discuss his character, how he effects the course of justice and how does he illustrate the theme of the play. I believe that the 8th juror is the most interesting juror of the twelve because in a way he is the perfect juror and represents the boy’s good luck.

Number 8 plays a very important role in the play because he is the one juror that voted not guilty and stood up to the others, in his own words: “It’s not easy for me to raise my hand and send a boy off to die without talking about it first”. So, he is the one that triggered the chain of events that broke down the evidence and without him the boy would have surely died. His job is an architect and to be an architect you need to be both artistic (imaginative, thoughtful) and mathematical

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