12 Angry Men Analysis

Decent Essays
Ebisindei Adegbe

Professor Davis

Management 191

23 September 2014

12 Angry Men Analysis

Within various aspects of life, we as individuals are forced to make decisions on

things such as what to eat for dinner and even what we believe to be just and unjust.

What makes some decisions easier than others are the values one was raised on that can

influence our ultimate decision. The film, 12 Angry Men, reflected a lot about how a

group dynamic can influence an individual’s decision. Amidst the jury’s deliberation in

the murder case, Mr. Davis, Juror 8, refused to base his vote on just hard-core facts. His

decision to rule not guilty spurred a rise out of the remaining 11 jurors, who strongly

believe the defendant is guilty. Mr. Davis’s initial verdict formed a cooperative

community within the jury waiting room that allowed for each of the jurors to present the

basis of their decisions. His willingness to stand-alone proved to be a key decision in the

film, which provided the backdrop for ultimately trying to convince the other jurors of

the appropriate decision to make.

Despite the other juror’s strong objections, they begin to discuss the facts in

correlation to their decision, a vital step in creating effective debate. In addition to Mr.

Davis standing by his decision of not guilty, the requirement for a unanimous jury forced

each of the jurors to come together toward a solution. The jurors discussed how each

piece of evidence supports their
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