12 Angry Men - 8

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12 Angry Men was one of the most critically acclaimed movies of its time, even gaining several Oscar nominations. The movie tugged into strings that in the course of watching the movie, or even after, continuously made me think. How will one person convince eleven other jurors of reasonable doubt and change their votes from guilty to not guilty? Twelve jurors have individual stands and differences that may have been affected by their experiences and upbringing. Every person in the movie represents current ethical and moral dilemmas that plague even individuals of today. Each character also represents values and personal growth that we already have or hope to achieve. There were jurors that represented trustworthiness. Juror #8 stood by his beliefs of reasonable doubt and innocence of the defendant. Several jurors changed their votes accordingly and gained the courage to do the right thing. In spite of their previous stand, they swallowed their prides and changed their votes, not because of their personal beliefs but because of what were the doubts in the evidences presented. Some jurors exhibited respect. These jurors tolerated other’s differences and attitudes as far as they could, carried out with good manners and proper language, dealt with disagreements and other’s brash behavior with forbearance and respect. There were jurors that also showed responsibility. These jurors persevered for what they knew was right, proved the innocence of a kid and persuaded those that are set in their votes; convinced them with facts and not by prejudices. Lastly, all of these jurors demonstrated citizenship by serving the country in becoming jurors for this trial. Even Juror #2 was quite excited to be a member of the jury and be a part in the legal and judicial system. Some jurors have come with a set decision that seemed to be set in stone, some came to vote quickly just so they could go home, and some have come with no sense of purpose. In the course of this...
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