Published in 1954, Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose is a play centering on the deliberation of a jury in a homicide trial. The courtroom drama explores the problems that can beset the American judicial system, from individual arrogance to racism and classism. The entire play takes place within the small, hot jury room, intensifying the tense exchange between the twelve jurors. A much-lauded text, the play has been performed on Broadway and other prominent international stages and has been adapted into multiple feature-length films.


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Literary Devices

Here's where you'll find analysis of the literary devices in Twelve Angry Men, including major themes, motifs, and symbols.


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