Twelve Angry Men: Comparing The Book And Film

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Many people, if asked what they would prefer, would prefer to read the book instead of watching the movie. It could be because the movie will always leave some parts from the story out. It seems like directors of the movie always leave out parts from the book, only incorporating the important parts from the story. Some also say that they prefer to leave the descriptions of things in the book up to their imagination. Also, when you are reading the book, you get to read the main characters point of view on things. You get to see what goes on in their mind while they go through their everyday life. After reading the play Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose, I would say that there were many similarities between the play and the movie, but there were also many differences. A similarity that I found to be the same between the book and the movie was when juror eight brought in the two knives during the jury discussion. In the story, the eighth juror was attempting to convince the other jurors that there was a possibility that while the boy may have had the knife on him the night of the murder, he could have dropped it and someone else may have picked it up or someone else may have had the same knife and stabbed the boy’s father. The fourth juror had brought out the actual knife, jammed it into the …show more content…

When asked why he voted not guilty, juror eight stated “Look, this boy has been kicked around all his life. You know---living in a slum, his mother dead since he was nine. He spent a year in and a half in an orphanage while his father served a jail term for forgery. That’s not a very good head start. He’s had a pretty terrible sixteen years. I think maybe we owe him a few words. That’s all.” (13) In the movie, juror eight said basically the same exact statement with the exception of a few words, only instead of saying the boy was sixteen, he said that the boy was

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