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12 Angry Men Essay

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12 Angry Men is about 12 men who are the jury for an 18 year old accused murder. The judge states in the opening scene that it is a premeditated murder in the 1st degree, if found guilty will automatically receive the death penalty. The 18 year old male is accused of killing his father with a “one of a kind” switch blade, in their home. The prosecutors have several eye witness testimonies, and all of the evidence that they could need to convict the 18 year old male. In the movie it takes place on the hottest day of the year in New York City. There are 12 jurors whom are to decide if the evidence is enough to convict the teen of murder in the first degree. In the first initial vote it is ...view middle of the document...

The Fonda character states, “We're talking about somebody's life here.” “We can't decide in five minutes. Supposing we're wrong?” This statement has a large impact on the other 11 jurors. The old man whom is sitting next to the Fonda character sides with the Fonda character. The Fonda character made sure he pointed out that the person of interest was from a broken home, and was hit on top of the head every day for most of his life. The person of interest was born in the slums and had a hard life, his mother was dead and now his father had been murdered.
The personality of juror # 10 was one of hatefulness and anger. This juror was prejudice against the kid because he was from the slums. Juror # 10 said something in the movie about not being able to trust people who are from the slums. Juror # 10 had several outbursts and had a heinous attitude through most of the movie. Juror # 10 was the one who did most of the talking, when it came to trying to convince Juror # 8 that the kid was guilty. There was another Juror that had a roundabout same type of personality coming into the juror’s room as juror # 10. The juror # 3 was also bitter and obstinate towards the others, specifically when it came down to several of the other jurors changing their opinion of guilty to not guilty. Juror # 3 became hot headed and very loud and obnoxious towards everyone. Both Juror # 10 and juror # 3 were only looking at the eye witness testimony, even though anyone could clearly see that the testimonies had several holes. The holes were shown to juror # 10 and juror # 3 by the character played by Henry Fonda. When this was brought to their attention, their hot headed attitude was a factor to their reaction.
The personality of the old man or juror # 9, affected most of the way that the not guilty conviction came about in the end. Juror #9’s personality was a calm and reasonable one. Juror #9 shared his views on the eye witness testimony from the old man’s point of view. He stated that there was no possible way that the old man could have traveled from his bed to the outside door, where he supposedly seen the kid ran out of. The character played by Henry Fonda, acted out a scenario of how far the old man would have traveled to get to the outside door. He proved it would have taken more than 15 seconds to reach the door that was almost 60 feet away. He also proved that the woman that said she seen the kid kill his father was in fact lying, due to the fact that she wears glasses and would have only seen a blur. The reason, that juror # 9 said it was impossible for the woman to have seen the murder, was because she had red marks on her nose where her glasses should have been. During the trial the woman was not wearing her glasses, but in her testimony she said she seen the kid kill his father when she had sat up out of bed...

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