Theme Of Doubt In 12 Angry Men

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Abdulhakim Seid Rose illuminates the concept of reasonable doubt by Juror Eight’s constant questioning of the credibility of the testimonies(thesis).

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Everyone is biased. Everyone prefers a certain group, place, person and/or people, consciously or subconsciously. In 12 Angry Men, these biases are carried to the testimonies, where they threaten the life of a 18 year old Hispanic boy. Fortunately for him, there is one man who will stand for his innocence. This man questions all the evidence and links it to the testimonies, where he unearths many flaws and inaccuracies. Rose illuminates the concept of reasonable doubt by Juror Eight’s constant questioning of the credibility of the testimonies.
Rose shows that Juror Eight
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Juror Ten points out that the woman was in the other side of the apartment who couldn’t sleep, so she put on her glasses and looked outside the window, and conveniently enough, she saw through the el train pass and saw through the windows the boy stab his father right on time. He claims that this is enough to prove the boy’s quilt beyond any shadow of reasonable doubt. This leads to an interesting contradiction. Previously, Juror Ten has been clear that he didn’t believe the boy because he was from an alien race, but now he doesn’t seem to have a problem with agreeing with the women, who also happens to be from the boy’s race. This is a phenomenon known as confirmation bias. This is a social tendency for people to accept or fish for evidence that confirms their preexisting notion and to ignore ones that deny it. As one can clearly see, Juror Ten is acting on his notion that non-white people are “natural” liars, but then when he sees evidence that the boy might be guilty, he temporarily forgets about the fact that they are liars and believes her. Juror Eight is quick to notice this and asks him why he is willing to believe her. This tendency in Juror Ten will blind him from the truth, but once Juror Eight goes into detail and unravels the inconsistency, Juror Ten has about the same hardship of changing his views on the boy as he had with believing the…show more content…
Rose sets up the plot in such a way that the audience could feel holes in the alleged evidence. Rose put Juror Eight in the middle of the chaos between Juror Ten, Juror Three and even Juror Seven. Juror Eight’s sole purpose seems to be to help the readers open their eyes on the shadows of this case. He is there to unearth hidden inconsistencies and uncover the basis that all the jurors initially had against the boy. Juror Eight isn’t a hero. He isn’t doing this to save the boy because he cares about him. In fact, if there was solid evidence that the boy committed the crime, Juror Eight wouldn’t hesitate to give the twelfth vote for a guilty verdict. Rather, Juror Eight is a token of justice that is blind to all
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