12 Angry Men by Reginald Rose

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The film 12 Angry Men written by Reginald Rose depicts different human personalities attempting to decide the fate of a young man who is accused of killing his father. The jury must determine a verdict of not guilty or guilty, sending a young man to be executed for the crime of murder. However, eleven out of the twelve Jurors have it all figured out, Guilty they agree due to reasons that are illogical.

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However, Juror 8, the only Juror out of the twelve that took it upon himself to begin a discussion that would soon lead his fellow jury members to re-evaluate their positions by using personal prejudices, experience, evidence, swaying the Jurors to the moral decision.

Indeed, personal prejudices played a major role in Juror 10’s decision making regarding the defendant. He remarks, “It’s tough to figure, isn’t it? A kid kills his father. Bing! Just like that. Well, it’s the element. They let the kids run wild. Maybe it serves ’em right.” At first, the statement could be heard as a slip of the tongue or even petty judgment. It’s not entirely clear what Juror #10 means when he says “the element.” However, it’s as if he believes all individuals who are not a part of the white race have natural instincts to kill and run wild. Later, Juror #10 even states none of the jury members should believe the defendant because he is not apart of the white race, you’re not going to tell us that we’re supposed to believe him knowing what he is? I’ve lived among em all my life. You can’t believe a word they say. You know that.Juror #8 immediately traps Juror #10 by asking, “How come you believed the non-white witness? She’s one of them too, isn’t she?”, leaving Juror #10 at a loss for words. As the film continues, the more everyone began to realize how ignorant and cowardly Juror #10 truly is, believing if he keeps spouting his racist rants with aggression he will eventually get everyone to side with him. After a period of racist rants and shouting, Juror #10 made the last call for attention, “Well, don’t you know about them? There’s a… There’s a danger here. These people are dangerous. They’re… wild. Listen to me. Listen to me.” Nevertheless, his attempts failed, everyone was so sick of his racist rants to keep listening to his prejudice nonsense anymore. After a short silence, he gave up a set in the corner of the jury room, hanging his head in shame and disappointment. While he sitting in the corner Juror #10 was able to push his prejudice ways aside and actually listen to the conversation.

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