Stubbornness and Taking a Stand Prejudice vs. Sympathies Summary Analysis The Judge gives the jury instructions from offstage, setting the scene as the lights come up. He or she lays out the stakes:
A jury of twelve men is locked in the deliberation room to decide the fate of the young boy. All evidence is against the boy and a guilty verdict would send him to die in the electric chair.
The judge informs the jurors that they are faced with a grave decision and that the court would not entertain any acts of mercy for the boy if found guilty. Even before the deliberation talks begin it is apparent most of the men are certain the boy is guilty. The rest of the jury resents the inconvenience of his decision.
After questioning his sanity they hastily decide to humor the juror 8 Henry Fonda by agreeing to discuss the trial for one hour.
Eventually, as the talks proceed juror 8 slowly undermines their confidence by saying that the murder weapon is widely available to anyone, and that the testimony of the key witness is suspect.
Gradually they are won over by his arguments and even the most narrow minded of his fellow jurors hesitantly agrees with him. Their verdict is now a solid not guilty. Arriving at an unanimous not guilty verdict does not come easily. The jury encounters many difficulties in learning to communicate and deal with each other.
Although the movie deals with issues relating to the process of effective communication this paper will focus of two reasons why they encounter difficulties and how they overcome them.
First, we will apply the Johari grid theory and see how it applies to their situation. If we analyze the Johari grid of each juror we see a large hidden area in the case of all of the men. Take into consideration, each man is referred to by a juror number, they do not even have the benefit of knowing each others names.
These men have never talked before. Each of them come from different situations with individual and unique experiences. The public area consists solely of the shared information provided during the trial. Their hidden area is immense, resulting in an equally large blind area.
The public, hidden and blind areas are relatively the same for each juror before beginning the deliberation. It is the size of the unconscious area that will differ more among the men.
We will see how the contents of the unconscious area will largely affect the decision making process of some of the jurors. The information contained in the unconscious area is unrecognized, it is often the most difficult to overcome.
He levels with the others by openly admitting that he does not know if the boy killed his father and solicits feedback in order to make an accurate decision.Get all the details on 12 Angry Men: Analysis. Description, analysis, and more, so you can understand the ins and outs of 12 Angry Men.
12 Angry Men Film Analysis 25 October Film Analysis The film, 12 Angry Men (), is a drama about a jury that was to decide the fate of a teenaged boy who was facing the electric chair for supposedly killing his father with a switchblade knife.
Jul 29, · Watch video · A full ten years after 12 Angry Men () () was released, it inspired a plot on the The Andy Griffith Show () (), in which Aunt Bee Taylor plays the lone holdout juror (exactly like Henry Fonda's character) who steadfastly votes "not guilty".
She repeatedly holds her vote even while up against the anger of the eleven other jurors /10(K). Twelve Angry Men: Summary & The movie Twelve Angry Men begins with an eighteen year old boy from the ghetto who is on trial for the murder of his abusive father.
A jury of twelve men is locked in the deliberation room to decide the fate of the young boy. Get all the details on 12 Angry Men: Analysis.
Description, analysis, and more, so you can understand the ins and outs of 12 Angry Men. Twelve Angry Men Analysis Kelsey Crooks Principles of Sociology Professor Lori Sharpe October 19, Twelve Angry Men Analysis Sociology is “the systematic study of social interaction at a variety of levels” and can be observed in everyday life situations, including the one portrayed in the movie “Twelve Angry Men” (Benokraitis, ).