Twelve Angry Men is in many ways a love letter to the American legal justice system. We find here eleven men, swayed to conclusions by prejudices, past experience, and short-sightedness, challenged by one man who holds himself and his peers to a higher standard of justice, demanding that this marginalized member of society be given his due process. We see the jurors struggle between the two, seemingly conflicting, purposes of a jury, to punish the guilty and to protect the innocent. It proves, however, that the logic of the American trial-by-jury system does work. On another level, the play is about America and its makeup as a melting pot of different cultures, ideas, beliefs, and temperaments. This jury runs the gamut from a German immigrant watchmaker, 11th Juror, to a presumably wealthy broker, 4th Juror, to a male nurse at a Harlem hospital, who grew up in the slums, 5th Juror. These men represent the incredible richness of diversity in America and the various challenges that it presents. This clash …show more content…
8th juror appeals to their sense of pathos and pity by saying “this boy’s been kicked around all his life…He’s had a pretty terrible sixteen years. I think maybe we owe him a few words. That’s all.” While this has nothing to do with the case, he hopes to appeal to their humanity in order to get them to give him a chance in these deliberations. Many of the jurors use logos, logic and reasoning, to lay out the evidence in a rational and concrete manner to convince him. An example is when 4th Juror lays out all of the evidence of the knife to convince 8th Juror with seven, linear, factual points. The reader and audience is meant to connect a sense of ethos, reliability or competence, to 8th Juror, as he is the only one who doesn’t, at first, seem to be clouded by ignorance, racism, disinterest, or any other characteristic that might cloud
In the essay, A Movie, a Word, and My family 's Battle, by Patricia E. Bauer, Bauer effectively utilizes pathos, however, her argument to terminate the derogatory use of the word "retard" was ineffective due to the lack of structure and organization. With a complicated structure the reader becomes confused about the essay 's purpose therefore diminishing the argument of the essay.
John Steinbeck’s novel, ‘Of Mice and Men’ explores the life of itinerant workers during the Great Depression. The realistic plot represents the dreams of many workers during the depression and struggles they faced to achieve them. The text is supported with various literary techniques such as, foreshadowing, animal imagery, symbolism and the intertextual meaning of the title itself. The novel’s success relies heavily on the author’s ability to interweave literary and stylistic devices to stimulate the reader’s interest in the novel. Steinbeck’s writing style in the novel, ‘Of Mice and Men’ draws heavily on light and dark imagery as a literary device.
Juror Five is a white man, also born in the slums, but no one assumes that he is a criminal because he is white. Through the statements of Juror Four, his partiality is shown towards people of lower socioeconomic status. His prejudice, based on the race and social status of the defendant, is something not taught, but intrinsic in his psyche. Through this characterization, Twelve Angry Men reveals the origins the
In the process of this he allows each of them to carry a symbol through their actions and personalities. Sadly, most of jurors let personal experience or their unfair judgments take over their decision to execute the 16-yrear old boy. For example, Juror number four is painted as a very logical and persistent character simply due to the fact he is always basing his
This remarkable courthouse only hosted approximately seven trials in its first year and since then has dropped even lower (Dzur, 2013). The early 20th century was the last time a jury was considered the normal process for dealing with criminal cases, and now the plea deal is king (Dzur, 2013). Simple fact is, today juries hear only a very few cases across the nation (Dzur, 2013). High-ranking members working in the justice system fear that the competence of a jury today is declining with the scientific evidence that is now available (Dzur, 2013). The statistics seem to support this fear.
Benjamin Brewer in the movie, “Beneath Contempt” (2011), suggests that suppressing emotions as a result of a tragedy can eventually lead to an eruption of feelings that can end up hurting or even killing someone. Brewer supports his suggestion by portraying Matthew, the brother of one of the people killed in a drunk driving accident, as losing all rational feelings and gaining a murderous rage when he sees Sean, the man who was drunk driving. The author’s purpose is to inform teenages of the dangers of drunk driving and the effect it can have on the people involved so that teenagers learn from the mistakes of these characters. The author writes in a serious tone for an audience of young and impressionable teenagers who may find themselves
Throughout Steinbeck’s naturalistic novel, Of Mice and Men, He portrays two distinctively different men struggling to persevere and survive in an otherwise cruel world. Two migrant workers, George and Lennie thrive off the company of one another and the impossible dream that one day, they will acquire land and make a contented life for themselves. Through their friendship and constant hope for a better life, George and Lennie learn how to survive and cling to aspiration during the harsh Depression era. Steinbeck uses symbolism, irony, and characterization in his classic novel to illustrate the undying hope found in a desperate situation. Steinbeck uses symbolism to portray how people find hope in the direst situations.
Logical arguments can alter opinions, but in this case it can change lives. Ethical and pathetic arguments are both crucial in gaining attention, but the real power to create change lies with logical arguments. In order to get the most out of each argument, they must work together to achieve the same goal. In the drama Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose, Juror #8 utilizes rhetoric appeals to provide justice and prove the defendant is not guilty of a crime. Juror #8 initially proves that he is credible to add depth into his logical and pathetic arguments and establish trust with the other jurors.
Having had some bad experience with the poor and the people in slums, he believes them all to be the same thing: lying, cheating, and dangerous. Of course, as stereotypes often are, this is not always correct and keeps him from being able to hear other people’s point of view on the case and makes him less likely to give the boy the benefit of the doubt. His beliefs are obvious in his speech during act three, when he says: “Look, you know how those people lie… and lemme tell you, they don’t need amy real big reason to kill anyone either… that’s how they are… there’s not one of ‘em who’s any good.” Juror number ten honestly believes that the people from slums and from worst neighborhoods, by virtue of their very nature, are violent and without any chance of redemption. There is no question that this would affect the way that he would view a young man accused of murder from these poorer neighborhoods.
10th Juror represents those who are prejudiced against people from differing cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. This prejudice reaches its peak during his fear against these people. To him, this trial is a chance to get rid of one of them by finding the accused ‘guilty’, even at the expense of a fair trail. Like the other defendant, the 5th Juror and other Juror are recognized for they childhood
This theory is practicable inside of the juror’s decisional processes of the “Twelve Angry Men.” Conformity is described from the beginnings of the film. When the jurors cast their initial vote, doubt is clear in many of the jurors whom vote guilty. This inhibition might be commented as weak belief shaked by the guilty majority’s influence. Additionally, though the movie is not provide any references about the timelines of decision this is a relevant factor presumably affecting the “Twelve Angry Men,” and should be considered as a potential element in creating social
The twelve jurors each has a different personality, which contributes to the complication of reaching a verdict. The jury raises a crucial question: what makes a person qualified to be a juror for a criminal trial? A qualified person should have an appropriate personality and correct beliefs. More specifically, they should wish to seek the truth so that justice can be achieved, be
In the boy in striped pyjamas author, John Boyne took the approach of writing this novel with the point of view of a naïve young child. This was done very well throughout the book. The repetition used during the novel was there to indicate that something essential or relevant to the storyline was near. Another aspect used by John Boyne was the innocence on a child, how open minded they’re and the point no one is born a racist. Small hints were dropped during the books this was due to the little education about the horrific times that were happening.