Twelve Angry Men Discussion Forum
For this discussion, I asked you to watch a black-and-white video entitled “Twelve Angry Men” (it was first performed live on television on September 20, 1954). Please note that, while this is not a graded forum, it will count towards your class participation grade.
Here is the link to the restored video on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlaXebUi72A
Here is a copy of the original teleplay script by playwright Reginald Rose: 12-angry-men-script.pdf
Here is the document labeled “Twelve Angry Men Assignment” which you should print out and have in front of you as you watch the video: 12 Angry Men Assignment .pdf
You will refer to your answers on your answers to the 12 Angry Men Assignment to participate in the discussion in this forum.
- What are the significant legal issues/concepts/themes in the play? What role does each of the jurors play in “showing” these concepts to the audience?
- What are your thoughts regarding the commercials shown during the broadcast? How are they different from/similar to ads today?
1. Reasonable doubt is the significant legal issues in the play. Foreman is a man who has authority to handle the stuff. Juror two is too hesitate to come up with his own reasonable doubts. Juror three is a hot-tempered sadism who forces others to listen to his opinions. Juror four is man with wealth, position and good behavior who only cares about the facts. Juror five is a naïve young man who grows up in a violent slum. Juror six is a principled man who makes a decision slowly and is willing to hear other’s opinions. Juror seven is loud man who cares less about his responsibility. Juror eight is a gentle man who seeks the truth and bravely challenge the evidence. Juror nine is wise and observant senior who finds out the missing detail of evidence. Juror ten is a pushy and prejudiced bigot. Juror eleven is an immigrant from Europe who is humble and loves this country. Juror twelve is indecisive man who tries to be a good follow.
2. The commercials shown during the broadcast have some similar forms of ads today, such as having a slogan, commercial song and adding a story to introduce the details of the product. They differ from today’s ads in terms of clarity and color, and they are not so clear and black and white videos.
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