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What is the meaning behind using the word "angry" in the title of Twelve Angry Men?
The word "angry" in the title suggests the internal and external conflicts that are played out during the jury's deliberations. The tensions in the room rise and fall throughout the play as these men interact with each other while struggling to reach a unanimous verdict. Juror #8's anger comes from his deeply held belief that the boy deserves for the jury to take its duty seriously in examining the evidence instead of rushing to judgment for reasons of personal convenience or prejudice. At times he chastises the other men, pushing and prodding them into responsible behavior as jurors.
Other jurors exhibit anger throughout the play, sometimes at Juror #8 and sometimes with each other. The play's themes of racial and cultural prejudice and social injustice are underscored in their exchanges. One juror, perhaps the angriest and most aggressive, is revealed at the conclusion of the play to be deeply angry with himself because of his broken relationship with his son.
I guess you could call it Hung Jury or Mistrial in the Making or something like that. Twelve Angry Men is a really strong statement, though. If you are asking how we can get around using the word "men" to include women, we might call it Twelve Angry People or The Angry Twelve or Conflict in the Deliberations.
This is really the best title. 12 jurors, 10 angry men trying to get somewhere else and having to argue with the two who really want to resolve the issue and do right by the young man who is accused. Perhaps "A Case of Mistaken Identity" but it is no where near as captivating and interesting as the original. Maybe "Too Busy for Jury Duty".
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