Analysis on Twelve Angry Men

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Analysis on Twelve Angry Men
The movie Twelve Angry Men portrays an array of group dynamics by including the structure and functioning of groups, as well as the different types of roles each character plays along with their conflicts. The film displays these elements through a jury deliberation and the joint effort and the functioning of several minds together to search for the truth. These are just a few characteristics of group dynamics at work that is seen throughout the film.
Group Purpose and Function
The purpose of this group of twelve jurors is to adjust their influence in a decision-making process for convicting an eighteen year-old boy, as being guilty or not guilty in murdering his father. What is seen in this group is the jurors struggle between the two, seemingly conflicting, purposes of a jury, to punish the guilty and to protect the innocent. Their agreement as a group to decide a final verdict is the ultimate goal to accomplish. The jury shares their information and involvement with each other after their votes are casted and only one juror amongst the twelve, votes “not guilty”. As the tempers flare and arguments begin and continue throughout the film, juror #8 feels the need to empower his group members toward a verdict of “not guilty”. Even though the group’s individual roles are divided at first, as the their functions develop, each member shares their own leadership and ultimately becomes responsible for the group’s performance together.
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