Reginald Rose 12 Angry Men Analysis

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The Importance in the Unrecognized
The written word is a particularly powerful weapon against mankind 's baser impulses, being especially effective whenever translated into visual format. Playwrights, filmmakers, creators all have the ability to tap into the creative power that lets them hold in their hands the capability to begin wars, mold society and incite outcries for justice. Reginald Rose was a man who effectively approached social and economic issues using art and theater to enlighten and motivate the world. Having been recognized and commended for his many works, Reginald Rose is known supremely for the drama Twelve Angry Men. The work was turned into a film and a theatrical play as well as a Broadway musical. It is still endures as an example of how Hollywood courtroom drama should be filmed. The work’s storyline and conflict are entertaining and thought provoking, Rose suavely and deliberately chose the themes bolstering his tale. Anonymity in Reginald Rose’s Twelve
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the influence of Rose’s work remains stalwart, thanks to the lack of “interesting or unusual characteristics” (Merriam Webster:Anonymity). Leaving out the unnecessary information lets the focus fall where Reginald Rose intended for it to fall, onto the interaction of the jurors, the tension between man and the overwhelming need for justice in the American legal system “[R]ose’s main subjects are crime; juvenile delinquency; the problems of children and adolescents; and contemporary social issues, including bigotry, poverty, and urban blight” (Kaplan). By using anonymity, Rose successfully focuses the audience onto the matters beneath the surface. Cunningham states the director{of 12 angry men},“is an "old-fashioned" liberal committed to looking at themes of personal responsibility in many films” who is loath to present society with “the comforting illusion that there are relatively easy answers to complex

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