Twelve Angry Men Book Summary and Study Guide

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"Twelve Angry Men" is the story of the jury's deliberations in a murder case. It begins when they file into the jury room. At the first vote eleven are in favor of guilty, one votes against. He is juror number eight and he wants to discuss it further. Others object; there is an eyewitness. They have no doubts, but as they talk, jurors begin to rethink their positions.   They take other votes, doubts about guilt are raised, and soon the tide turns in favor of not guilty. Still a few jurors hold out probably for reasons of their own--prejudice, family relations.   In the end it comes down to whether the one juror still holding out for guilty will give in.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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