Perspective In Reginald Rose's Twelve Angry Men

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A definition of Perspective is: a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view. Perspectives are formed through past or present situations that have great emotional influence on a person. In Twelve Angry Men written by Reginald Rose, the twelve jurors perspectives on life, the slums, and the court system have an effect on their verdict. Oftentimes, a person’s outlook on a situation stems from influences throughout their lives. Throughout Twelve Angry Men, the jurors use their past to create a certain perspective on the murder case. While relating his own situation, the Third Juror reveals his perspective,“Yeah, well I've got (a kid). He's twenty. We did everything for that boy, and what happened?...Well, I …show more content…

When he was sixteen we had a battle. He hit me in the face. He's big, y'know. I haven't seen him in two years. Rotten kid. You work your heart out...[He breaks off. He has said more than he intended. He is embarrassed]” (Rose 17-18). Here, we see that the members of the jury are only human, with past situations that can create a prejudice. Similarly, Juror Five has a perspective on the case, only it is parallel to the Third Juror, he sates, “I’ve lived in a slum all my life. I nurse that trash in Harlem Hospital six nights a week. I used to play in a backyard that was filled with garbage. Maybe it still smells on me” (Rose 18). By saying this, the third Juror admits that there is more to the kid accused, after all, he grew up in a very similar situation. This brings new insight to the table, a different perspective that not many of the jurors can relate to. While the Seventh Juror does not relate to the situation, he feels differently about the case, “This better be fast. I got tickets to a

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