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Movie Analysis "Twelve Angry Men"

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Running head: Movie Analysis on Conflict in Groups

Movie Analysis on Conflict in Groups

"Twelve Angry Men"

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Group communication is the interaction of three or more individuals working together to achieve a common goal. As we know, groups, like the individual members, have different characteristics and concerns. An effective group should include teamwork, respect, motivation, cooperation etc. and of course a good attitude. Moreover, an ideal group only succeeds when it has achieved a balance between the group goals and its member's needs. So, it is very important to share opinions, information and to speak up! It is obviously that group members rarely work together for a long time without expressing disagreements. Conflict is unavoidable in effective groups. But does conflict just involve expressions of negative emotions?

A conflict is defined as any disagreement or disharmony that occurs in a group when differences regarding ideas, methods or members are expressed. These disagreements can be expressed verbally or non-verbally. People are different and react based on their needs. According to this, why does conflict occur and why do we argue?

There are three different sources of group conflict. At first, members can disagree about ideas, their thoughts of solutions or issue analysis. This is called a "substantive conflict" and it focuses on working toward the group's goal. "12 Angry Men" (1957), for instance, is a movie about a diverse group of 12 jurors who are all male and uncomfortable brought together to deliberate after hearing the facts in a murder trial case. They have to decide whether a boy is guilty of killing his father.

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One brave juror (#8) votes "not guilty" at the beginning of the jury deliberation because of his reasonable doubt. This is a first good example for a substantive conflict. Juror #8 disagrees about the idea that the boy is guilty. By voting for the boy, he starts the discussion to reconsider the facts. The group of jurors has to focus on analyzing the case and working toward the group's goal to decide "guilty or not guilty".

"Affective conflicts" is the second possible source of conflicts in a group. They refer to interpersonal disagreements, differences in personalities, communication styles and group member feelings. So, affective conflicts sap energy, sidetrack tasks and block work! Most times, they occur when a member does not feel comfortable or valued within the group. To support this source of group conflict, we can provide many examples from the movie "Twelve Angry Men" because all jurors are so different and do not know each other very well. Juror #3, for example, is obviously the absolute opposite to juror #5. Juror #3 has no tolerance and respect; he is rude and...

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