Twelve Angry Men: Power of civility in influencing people.

 

In his play Twelve Angry Men, Reginald Rose presents a story of twelve jurors who are forced to decide whether a kid is guilty or not guilty. In the play, Rose emphasizes the power of civility in influencing people. For Rose, this theme is important because he is trying to stress the power civility has over people to influence them to be more respectful toward other people’s ideas. The main ways in which Rose is able to express this message is when Juror Eight asks Juror Three what does a guilty man look like, when Juror Twelve explains his idea, and when Juror Four said “let’s try to be civilized.”  

The most important way in which Rose expresses his message about civility is through Juror Eight. For instance, when Juror Eight says to Juror Three, “What does a guilty man look like? He is not guilty until we say he is guilty. Are we to vote on his face?”(14). Juror Eight is trying to encourage civility in Juror Three. In this way, Rose is able to explain how civility can influence a person to leave behind prejudice ideas and make better decisions. This ties directly to Rose’s position that civility can influence people.

In a similar way, Rose uses Juror Twelve’s idea to demonstrate that civility can influence people. For instance, Juror Twelve explains his idea about talking to hear each other’s ideas, he says that, “I may have an idea here. I’m just thinking out loud now but it seems to me that it’s up to us to convince this gentleman that we’re right and he’s wrong. Maybe if we talk for a minute or two. You know — try it on for size”(17).The jury agrees, and they really begin talking. In this way, Rose is able to show that by being civil you can get your point across a whole lot better than being uncivil. This ties directly to Rose’s position that civility once again will take you a whole lot farther than you think.

When Juror Four said “let’s be civil,” Rose again focuses the reader’s attention in order to establish that the power of civility influences people. For instance, when Juror Four said “let’s be civil,” he wanted everyone to be calm and explain their points because if they were not civil they would get nothing done. He says, “It isn’t organized, but let’s try to be civilized.”(28). In this way, Rose is able to show civility is a more efficient way to get things done. This ties directly to Rose’s position that civility is always the better road to take.

For Reginald Rose, Twelve Angry Men was a way for him to convey a message in civility always gets the job done. By focusing on Juror Eight, Juror Twelve, and Juror Four, Rose brings the reader’s attention to an important aspect of civility. An important part of American literature, Twelve Angry Men helps us think more carefully about civility, and hopefully teaches us that people will chose to be civil in situations in everyday life involving interactions with others.

 

 

***My thoughts–This projects wasn’t that bad it was a little time consuming because I really don’t like writing that much but other than that I got through it so it was okay.