Presentation of guilt and justice in Reginald Rose’s “Twelve Angry Men” and Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons”

Yener, Deniz Alara (2017) Presentation of guilt and justice in Reginald Rose’s “Twelve Angry Men” and Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons”. Other thesis, TED Ankara College.

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The purpose of this extended essay is to examine the ways in which the concepts of justice and guilt were portrayed on personal as well as societal levels in the plays “All My Sons” by Arthur Miller and “Twelve Angry Men” by Reginald Rose through the question “How are the themes of justice, judgment, and guilt conveyed in Reginald Rose’s ‘Twelve Angry Men’ and Arthur Miller’s ‘All My Sons’?”. The scope of this essay covers two plays of the same era in the United States, the 1950s. After reading the two plays, the circumstances provided in them paralleled to the present world in my head leading me to think about the judicial failures and disruptions. Both works are both critical and provide insight to the era in which they were written. The scope of this essay consists of the judicial processes and their failures, crime, guilt, and punishment in All My Sons and Twelve Angry Men. The close examination of such concepts will be made through characters and their actions and choices, events, and interactions; comparisons and contrasts and parallels to the social context and background. This essay concludes that even in the absence of judicial implementations, the existence of guilt helps justice find its way – not necessarily in a legal way. Guilt is a fundamental agent in determining one’s actions, regardless of whether they committed a crime themselves or share a bloodline with a criminal. Direct or indirect guilt lead one to take actions to make inner peace and/or bring justice back in place. Evident non-legal justice in All My Sons prevails when both Joe and Larry Keller commit suicide out of guilt; while in Twelve Angry Men, through the efforts and deliberations of Juror Eight, the justice system is forced to make the right call.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Additional Information: Supervisor’s Name : Osman Yavaşça, IB Notu: A
Uncontrolled Keywords: Reginald Rose, Arthur Miller, Twelve Angry Men, All My Sons, guilt, justice, judgment
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Depositing User: Kamil Çömlekçi
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2018 10:16
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2018 10:47

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