There are two main characteristics of the 10th juror that influence his verdict. The first is that juror 10 is prejudiced against the defendant (most likely he is racist, but we can not be 100% sure). The second is that he is uncaring and impatient.
The first time we get a glimpse of juror 10’s prejudice is on page 7 when he says “It’s the element. I’m telling you they let those kids run wild up there. Well, maybe it serves them right.” He believes that anyone coming from a poor neighborhood is less than human. We can see right from the start that the verdict that the defendant is undoubtedly ‘guilty’ is locked in his mind simply because he has a personal grudge against people like the defendant. Next, on page 10 and 14, he states “You can’t believe a word they say” and “The kids who crawl outa those places are real trash”. Clearly it can be seen that he has a certain unfounded prejudice towards the defendant, viewing him as a liar and a piece of trash, with no supporting evidence. This prejudice most surely influences his verdict of ‘guilty’ without view of any evidence. If that is not enough, starting on page 62 Juror 10 begins a speech lasting 2 pages in which he spews out his views of people like the defendant: “Human life doesn’t mean as much to them as it does to us…And they are-wild animals.”
Juror 10 is an impatient and uncaring/unconcerned person. It is made clear by viewing his lines that Juror 10 does not take his part on the jury seriously and only wants to reach a consensus as quickly as possible. His reason is quickly found on page 22 when he states, “I got three garages of mine going to pot while your talking. Let’s get done and get outa here.” On page 34 he impatiently asks, “What’s the idea of wasting everybody’s time here?” Clearly he just wants to get back to his garages; he...
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