Twelve Angry Men

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Does Twelve Angry Men show that prejudice can obscure the truth?

In the play Twelve Angry Men, Reginald Rose shows that prejudices can prevent jurors from seeing the truth. This is evident throughout the play as juror 10 blinded to the facts because prejudice clouds his judgement. However, besides prejudice, Rose also show personal bias, ignorance and a weak characteristic can take away jurors’ abilities to see the truth. For instance, juror 3’s bad relationship with his son in the past and juror7’s ignorant attitude towards the case ultimately affect their perspective about the facts and evidence presented in the case. As a result, these factors not only obscure the truth but also make it hard for the jury to reach a just verdict and
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This is why juror 3 refuses to listen to facts and doubts, which consequently makes him unable to see the truth. We can see this when he says: “That goddam rotten kid. I know him what they’re like. What they do to you. How they kill you every day” (p.g 59). Personal bias takes over his thinking abilities so he cannot understand facts and evidence. Without the understanding of facts and evidence, he will never be able to reach for the truth so in order to reach for the truth he needs to triumph over his personal bias. Even though prejudice has the power to obscure the truth, it seems personal bias has the same power in preventing jurors from seeing the truth.

Another factor that can obscure the truth of the case is the ignorance and weak characteristics of some jurors. This particularly applies to juror 7 who is ignorant, impatient and just wants to finish early so that he can watch the ball game. In juror 7’s opinion, the case is a “Goddam waste of time” (p.g 4) and he has better things to do rather than being a juror. His statement indicates that he does not understand how significant the jury process is and how is the truth affects the defendant’s life. Due to his ignorant attitude, he cannot see how facts are important in determining the truth and consequently unwilling to understand the facts. We can see this when he says: “You couldn’t change my kind if you talked for one
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