Twelve Angry Men Character Analysis

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Twelve Angry Men, by Reginald Rose, is a play about a jury trying to come to a verdict that will determine whether or not a teenage boy will be put on death row. The jury that is chosen for the case all come from very different pasts, and most of them have completely different morals and values. The clash of these different views and discussing the case reveal past experiences and prejudices that some of the men have. The dynamic between past experience and prejudices fuels their arguments, but they are challenged throughout the play. Some of them had prejudices against people who live in the slums and prejudices against teenagers. The particular juror that had a problem with people from the slums is Juror Number 10. He constantly calls…show more content…
Funny I didn’t think of it before. I guess you try to forget those things. Anyone who’s ever used a switch knife would never have stabbed downward. You don’t handle a switch knife that was. You us it underhand,” (Rose, 25). This helps convince some of the other jurors to change their vote to not guilty. His contribution of information made the jurors think more about their vote. His character grows from being meek to being an important factor in the result of the case being a fair trial. There is still other prejudice that made one juror still vote guilty. The very last person to change his vote is Juror Number 3. Throughout the play, he says something and then says the complete opposite. An example is the argument of how long the old man had said it took the old man to get to the front door to see the boy run down the stairs, “he said twenty,” (Rose, 18). Juror Number 3 then says a couple lines later, “He’s an old man. You saw him. Half the time he was confused. How could he be positive about anything?” (Rose, 18). He did that numerous times in the play. This also leads into why none of his arguments are valid. He contradicts himself and argues subjectively. He has a prejudice against teenagers because his son left him after he had emotionally and physically abused him, yet he thought he was doing the right thing. He is so focused on his personal situation that he has a hard time making an
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