12 Angry Men Analysis

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12 Angry Men Analysis

12 Angry Men is a movie, directed by Sidney Lumet, about twelve jurors who are deliberating a murder trial. An 18 year old has been accused of murdering his father and the jury has retired to determine his fate. The jury performs a preliminary vote and the results came out to be eleven for guilty and one, the architect played by Henry Fonda, for not-guilty. The rest of the jury then begins to persuade the architect that the accused is actually guilty. Each member of the jury played a key role in the development of the group and the task at hand. The foreman played a major task role and was almost like a manager of the group. He didn’t have much to contribute to the discussion of the case, but he tried to
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Finally the ad executive was the self-centered “on the fence” member of the group. He couldn’t seem to make up his mind and at the end of the movie he had changed his vote multiple times. When it came to true consensus, I believe that the jury came to true consensus. At first I didn’t think they did even though certain members changed their votes, total satisfaction might not have been achieved. But after some reflection on it, I believe that the final few not-guilty votes were satisfied. I think that even though they were proved wrong and at first they didn’t want to believe it, in the end, they accepted the outcome and were happy that they didn’t condemn an innocent boy to the electric chair. The architect did an excellent job of convincing everyone completely that the accused was not-guilty. At the last shot of the jury’s room I believe the angry father was emotional because the discussion became very personal to him and he ultimately accepted the outcome, even though he lost. The story of 12 Angry Men was one about 12 total strangers coming together, with a young man’s life on the line, and determining that with enough reasonable doubt that no man can be put to death. By reaching true consensus the jury learned much about the justice system and some even learned life lessons that they will not


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