Truth vs. Perception

2324 Words Nov 17th, 2012 10 Pages
The concept of ‘truth’ versus ‘perception’ can be observed in nearly all aspects of life. What is the truth these days; in newspaper articles, current affair shows or stories that a friend is telling you, is it truth or is it a version of the truth? The complexities inherent in this concept of ‘truth’ versus ‘perception’ will be discussed in relation to two texts; “Twelve Angry Men” by Reginald Rose, and, “After the First Death” by Robert Cormier.

What is the key difference between ‘truth’ and ‘perception’, and which is more important? The truth is the reality of the fact while perception is the truth relative to oneself. The mind, the nature of the metaphysical of a human being is different to everyone else’s. Everyone has lived
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This is very convincing evidence, that it was the only blade of its particular craftsmanship, it was identified as property of the boy by his friends and it was also the same blade used to kill his father. This is the facts presented by the prosecution, the ‘truth’. This truth is wavered when the 8th juror brings out a blade exactly the same as the one as the one the boy had. It is interesting as the shopkeeper stated that it was rare and unusual yet, the 8th juror brought the same one from a pawn shop near the boy’s house. This contradiction therefore questions the credibility of the shopkeeper’s accounts and brings a shadow of a doubt to this case. The boy’s friends did indeed identify it as the death weapon but with the possibility of this switchblade being an abundant produce, it also presents the possibility that another person stabbed and killed his father with the same kind of knife.

The next piece of evidence that is debated is the testimony of one of the key witnesses of the prosecution. The old man living downstairs heard the boy yell, “I’ll kill you!” followed by a thump on the floor. He then witnessed a young man, supposedly the defendant, running away. The old man said that after the thump, he ran straight to the door in fifteen seconds and saw the boy running as he opened the door. During the proceedings of the trial, the old man was dragging his foot slowly across the floor having recently suffered a stroke. The jurors observed
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