12 Angry Men Essay

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In the movie "Twelve angry men" an eighteen year old is charged with the murder of his father. At first, all the jurors believe that he is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, except for one, who believes that they owe the boy more than five minutes in deciding if he lives or not. The man who does not believe that the boy is guilty explains his views to the rest of the jurors and is ridiculed by the rest of the jurors. An old man later sees where he is going with his reasoning and when the next vote is done, he also votes innocent. The jurors continue to discuss the case and bring up some important facts in favor of the teen-ager. Gradually, more and more jurors change their mind, and the ones that don't, get more and more outraged.Juror eight, an architect played by Henry Fonda, has strong feelings towards the boys vote. He is a calm and courageous man who fights to see that justice is to be carried out before deciding on it so quickly. He is the first to state that they should at least review the facts of the case before they send him off to die. He also points out some flaws in the old man's testimony, and proves that they cannot put all their trust in what the old man has to say. One of the last pieces of evidence that juror eight brings to attention is the way the boy's father was stabbed. He gets it into the other juror's minds that there is reasonable doubt, and saves the boy's life because he decides to review the facts of the case with the jury. Unlike juror eight, ten is an angry and is not fond of the boy, which affects his vote. Ten also believes that he's guilty up until the end of the movie, and is constantly referring to the boy's racial group as "them," and "those people," due to the fact he was Puerto Rican. Ten was not a fair man, and seemed very prejudice towards the boy and saying who he did not value human life. The negative feelings that ten had against the boy caused him to vote guilty for the majority of the movie.In the beginning of this film juror eight did not believe the boy was innocent but he wanted to view the facts carefully before he sent a boy to die. He brought to the table the testimonies and evidence and viewed them all carefully, viewing the little details as well as the big ones. He had a hard time believing everything the witnesses had to say at the stand. For example, he acted as the old man the night of the murder pretending he was in the apartment that night and walked across the jury room proving that what the witness had said was inaccurate. It took the man more than twenty seconds to walk to the staircase proving that the man had not seen the boy run away from the murder seen. He also states that the train that passed that night would of made a tremendous amount of noise, so the man could not have heard the boy yell, "I am going to kill you!" to his father. The train would have been too loud to hear anything.Juror eight had stayed very open-minded. He placed himself in the shoes of the boy, trying to...

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