12 Angry Men

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12 Angry Men depicts the New York murder trial. The premise is the trial of a frightened, teenaged defendant accused of stabbing and killing his father. The judge advises the 12 jurors, that a unanimous decision needs to be made with fair and unbiased manner. If the jury decides unanimously that the boy is guilty he will be sentenced to death. However, if there is a reasonable doubt, the jury needs to reach a ‘not guilty’ decision, and the boy will be freed. A life and death decision needs to be made. The process whereby the difficult decision is reached illustrates a situation where a minority transforms the opinion of a majority by exerting persuasive tactics. The group is challenged by various opinions, intense frustrations, and lack of participation, stubbornness and indifferent attitudes. Throughout their deliberation, they fluctuate between difference, disagreement, controversy and contention. Their prejudices, personalities, cultural differences, weaknesses, priorities, socio economic, ignorance and fears often cause them to avoid the true issues of the case. This makes the jury find it difficult to reach its final verdict.
At the beginning, The Judge gave the jurors a speech about their responsibilities in their deliberation. But he was not potent and forceful enough in his deliver, which was kind of boredom. This failed to convey to many of the jurors the importance of their role as a juror. When the deliberation starts, many of the jurors just want to quickly vote and end the discussion as fast as possible. ‘Let’s get this over with. We’ve probably got things to do’. Ball game, Garage
There is no conflict evident in the jury room until the first vote is taken. It appears that some of the votes are tentative. Several of the jurors raise their hands later after seeing the majority vote guilty. The behaviour of those jurors who originally voted guilty…...

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