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In the 1950s Reginald Rose penned his masterpiece 12 Angry Men This play introduces us to twelve men of various statures All of these men are part of the jury who will decide the fate of a young man who has been accused of murdering his father At first glance of the testimonies of the witnesses in the trial the reader or audience would probably agree with the norm of the jury on the guilt of the young man If it werent for one character in this play juror No 8 the deliberations of this trial would have been non-existent At the end of this story another juror No 3 states his nearly impenetrable opinion nearly causing a hung jury After reading or watching this play the audience has some insight into the fact that despite how unfavourable a persons opinion may be it is the courage to hold ones ground - sometimes with no other support but from himherself - that must be recognized as a virtueThis story starts off in the courtroom with the jurors making their way to the deliberation room to talk about and vote on the fate of the accused A vote is cast to see where they stand with one another on their opinions The men have various reasons for voting the ways they do Take for example who No 7 says This better be fast Ive got tickets to The Seven Year Itch tonight or No 2 who is a meek hesitant man who finds it difficult to maintain any opinions of his own Easily swayed and usually adopts the opinion of the last person to whom he has spoken and No 3 whose son wont talk to him anymore because of his fathers bitterness against young people Some of the other men on the jury believe that you cant believe a word people from the slums say and since the boy is from the slums they
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