12 Angry Men Paper

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The film “12 Angry Men” (1957) is based on the story of twelve jurors who are responsible for deliberating and deciding the fate of a teenage boy accused of murdering his father. Although to most it seems like an open and shut case where the boy is definitely guilty, one juror speaks out against the popular groupthink of the other eleven jurors and admits that although he does not know if the boy is guilty, he is not convinced that he is. Throughout the film this one juror, played by Henry Fonda, speaks his mind in a very non-confrontational way, and begins to sway the jury vote by vote. By the end of the film the jury has reached a consensus of “not guilty”. Power is described in our text as “the ability to influence, command, or apply force; a measure of a person’s potential to get other to do what he or she wants them to do, as well as to avoid being forced by others to do what he or she does not want to do”. In this film, you see many different aspects of this concept, ranging from Fonda’s character having an understated powerful influence over the rest of the group, to the opposite extreme of a very angry juror fighting to control the rest of the group as a result of a personal issue with his son. It is a very interesting comparison to see that the angry juror, who is making the most noise and trying to control the way the jury votes the most, actually receives very little respect from the majority of the members. However, Henry Fonda’s character approaches the issue more from a teamwork point of view, and consistently gains votes towards his way of thinking as he calmly and rationally discusses what he viewed as inconsistencies in the case that lead him to believe the boy may not be guilty. This film is an amazing example of how one person standing up against popular thought can, in fact, sway the rest of the group to their way of thinking. There are

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