Twelve Angry Men

Stewart Bandy
Mr. Dupree
English B1B 4:20
22 April 2014
Into the Conflict Room
The play by Reginald Rose called Twelve Angry Men is a story that many of us Americans maybe experience through one day. Now whether this is a true story or not, this situation can still be brought upon any American adult today. The play is about twelve jurors that must make a unanimous decision on whether or not an eighteen year old, Latino boy, should be convicted of the first degree murder of his father. The greatest, and essentially the biggest conflict, in this play is that it looks to be an open-and-shut case, but one juror thought otherwise and votes not guilty, which makes the vote elven to one. As the deliberations go on and they talk the case over and analyze through and through, Juror Eight, the first person to vote not guilty, persuades the elven other jurors to vote not guilty on the fact that there is a reasonable doubt and not enough evidence. Although this is a short play, the setting and conflict between the jurors, brings out the character’s inner feelings and reveals who they are.
The setting of this play takes place in the juror deliberation room. It’s never mentioned which city it was in, but by Juror Seven’s claim to having Yankee tickets to the ball game that night, one could concluded that they are in New York City. Right off the bat, they setting builds the tension as the twelve men are stuck in the jury room, which has no air conditioning.   When they first get in the room, everyone is sweating and complaining about how hot it was, and you know how people get when they are hot and uncomfortable.   To top it off, the windows are stuck and will not open.   The men, with the exception of Juror Eight, are on edge and anxious to get started and reach a quick verdict, so they can get out of there and go about their normal life. The jurors continue to distresses how bad the setting of the room is which has created an immediate conflict that they cannot resolve....