Comparisson/Contrast Between The Play: "12 Angry Men" By Reginald Rose, And The Poem: "The Road Not Taken" By Robert Frost.

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"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I-- / I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference" (Frost "The Road Not Taken" 18-20). Two great pieces of literature, Frost's poem and Reginald Rose's play 12 Angry Men, treat the theme of making difficult decisions with openness and honesty. In "The Road Not Taken," a man walks along a road in a "yellow wood." He comes to a fork in the road and must decide which path to take. In the end, he picks the road that not many people would have taken, "the one less traveled by." That choice made all the difference in his life. The characters in 12 Angry Men also must choose a path. Their path is marked by unreliable witnesses and hostile jurors. Although the jurors seemed to take a long time to choose a path, they finally picked the road that "wanted wear" and made the right choice. Both the poem and the play reinforce the theme that everybody at some time or another must face and make difficult choices.In the poem "The Road Not Taken" and the play 12 Angry Men the themes share similarities as well as differences. One similarity between the two pieces is that in "The Road Not Taken" and in 12 Angry Men, the speaker of the poem and the characters in the play had to make a choice: For the speaker of "The Road Not Taken," the choice was which road he should take; in 12 Angry Men the jurors had to decide whether the boy should be considered innocent or guilty. The similarity between the two choices is clear, because the speaker in "The Road Not Taken" took the road "less traveled," as did Juror #8. Juror #8 actually wanted to give the boy a fair trial. Juror #8 looked at all of the evidence and would not settle for a hung jury or a guilty verdict. Most of the other jurors would have just said that the boy was Guilty so they could get home to do something unimportant. Juror #8 quietly said in Act I, "Nobody has to prove otherwise; innocent until proven guilty. The burden of proof is on the prosecution" (Rose 12 Angry Men). A difference between the themes is in the number of people affected by the choices made. Unlike the play, the speaker's choice in the poem only affected himself. However, in the play, the jury's choice affected the 12 jury members, the judge, the defendant, the prosecutor, the two witnesses, and everyone else involved. Another difference is that in the poem, the speaker was the only one who had to make the choice. But in the play, Juror #8 stands up alone for what is right, eventually being supported by some other jurors. These similarities and differences make the themes evident.The two pieces "The Road Not Taken" and 12 Angry Men show some differences and similarities in mood and tone. One difference is the mood of solitude. In "The Road Not Taken," there is a feeling of being personal and private. The speaker is alone when he considers and...

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