Examples Of Self Image In 12 Angry Men

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Self-Image Through a Role Model Bernard Roth`s definition of self image in The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing and Take Command Of Your Life revolves around identifying “your role models,” “being autonomous,” and finding “your self-image” (192, 196, 205). In 12 Angry Men, when Juror Eleven says, “What kind of man are you? You have sat here and voted guilty with everyone else because there are some baseball tickets burning a hole in your pocket?” (Rose ) this calls to mind Roth’s question, “how do we interpret our own self image” (198). Throughout the process of examining their self images, each juror learns a great deal about his own biases and prejudices. Juror Eight is the conscientious role model who influences his fellow jurors to withhold judgement, to accept different points of view, and to communicate respectfully which forces them to examine their own self-image. Throughout the film the jurors’ judgment shifts from a biased opinion to a more just and conscientious point of view. When Juror Eight says, “you don't believe the boy. How come you believe the woman? She's one of “them”, too, isn't she?” (Rose pg #). Juror Eight is making the point that the other jurors are being inconsistent in their judgement of the boy and the woman. They're both obviously from the slums, so how can the jurors see one different than the other? This makes the men take a step back and rethink how they judge people. “When you judge others, you do not define
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