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Prejudice In The 12 Angry Men

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Prejudice is something that every one has experienced or seen in other people. In the film The 12 Angry Men, the 12 jurors are ready to send a young man to the execution chair for the murder of his father. 11 of the twelve men vote that the boy is guilty but juror number 8 votes not guilty. This man was able to see passed his prejudices while the other men are seemly blinded by them. “ You can't dwell on what might have been… and it's not fair to condemn him for something he hasn't done.”( Wendelin van Draanen) In the 1957 MGM film twelve angry men, the jurors reveal their prejudices through their beliefs, words and attitude. A great example of how peoples beliefs can influence the way they think about other people.The juror number 11 sees the young man as still a child and in the men’s eyes all children are born as liars. They are incapable of telling the truth and therefore the boy would have had to kill his father and didn’t go to the movies that night during the murder like he said. This is backed up by juror number 4 who says that the boy couldn’t seem to remember the movie he saw or the actors that stared in the film. If he couldn’t remember that the movie then he must be lying about seeing the movie. But juror number 8 proves that not everyone can remember every little fact about every movie. The boy had just gone to the movies and came back to find his father dead on the floor and police arresting him. It is very unlikely that someone who went
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