12 Angry Men

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12 Angry Men persuaded by rhetoric In the movie 12 angry men rhetoric is found throughout the movies as the jurors argue amongst one another as to whether or not a teenage boy is guilty of stabbing his father. As they dig deeper into the case and examine evidence closer the jurors use all three forms of rhetoric, ethos, pathos, and logo’s in order to decide the boys fait. When the jurors first take a preliminary vote it is found that juror number 8 is the only one who votes not guilty. When questioned by the other 11, he reveals to them that he couldn’t possibly vote guilty without first discussing the case, because the guilty verdict would mean the death of teenage boy. This is a great example of the use of the rhetoric, ethos’s because he is basing his decision of not guilty, off of principles and morals rather than evidence shown, and wants to first discuss and way all the evidence of the case, rather than just making a quick decision because it seems that the logical answer would be guilty. After they start to discuss the evidence that was presented in court it is brought up by one of the jurors that the switch blade used in the murder was very unique and that it would be highly unlikely that someone else would have had the same exact knife as the boy and used it stab the victim. This is where number starts to use the rhetoric; of logo’s by revealing that had he had been walking in the boy’s neighborhood after the trail a knife that was the exact same one as the one found at the murder scene just two blocks from the boys home. He then goes on to explain that this proves that the boy could be telling the truth , about losing the knife in his neighborhood on the way home , and that the knife may not be as hard to come by as they may have thought. By bringing this up and providing evidence that could disprove what was presented in court , juror number 8
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