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Insight Text Guide
Anica Boulanger-Mashberg

Twelve Angry
Men
Reginald Rose

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National Library of Australia Cataloguing-in-Publication entry: Boulanger-Mashberg, Anica.
Reginald Rose’s Twelve angry men / by Anica Boulanger-Mashberg. 9781921411694 (pbk.)
Insight text guide.
For secondary school age.
Rose, Reginald. Twelve angry men.
822.914
Printed in Australia by Ligare

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contents
Character map
Overview

iv
1

About the author

1

Synopsis

2

Character summaries

4

Background & context

6

Genre, structure & language

8

Scene-by-scene analysis
Characters & relationships

30

Themes, ideas & values

39

Different interpretations

53

Questions & answers

58

Sample answer

65

References & reading

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iv

Insight Text Guide

character map

Foreman
Works with
children from
deprived
backgrounds

Polite

Supportive

Antagonistic

9th Juror
Willing to
discuss the
case; bears
no prejudice

5th Juror
Grew up in a deprived
area; now a nurse in a
hospital in one of the
least affluent parts of
the city

4th Juror
Keen to ‘stick to the
facts’; uses more
formal language than
most jury members

7th Juror
Quick to condemn
the accused, but
willing to have a
debate

2nd Juror
Nervous and unsure
of his responsibilities

6th Juror
Easily swayed

10th Juror
Aggressive and
prejudiced

8th Juror
The only juror to vote
‘not guilty’ from the
very beginning

Antagonistic

Antagonistic

Supportive

Antagonistic

Indicate a desire to debate
the facts of the case

3rd Juror
The final juror
to change his
mind

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Supportive

11th Juror
Thoughtful
and precise

12th Juror
Highly impressionable

Antagonistic

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OVERVIEW
About the author
Reginald Rose was born in New York in 1920, and served in the US Army during the early 1940s. He was married twice, and had six children. He began writing for television in the early 1950s, and later worked for all three of America’s major television networks. He also wrote for screen and stage, and continued to write, particularly for television, until the late 1990s. Rose died in 2002.

Awards
Among the many recognitions of Rose’s contribution to television and screen writing were Academy Award nominations for the film version of Twelve Angry Men – which he wrote and co-produced. He also won several Emmy Awards and, for Twelve Angry Men, an Edgar Allen Poe Award (Best Motion Picture), and a Writers Guild of America award (screen;...
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