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In "12 Angry Men", what does juror three do to eight in the beginning of Act 3 that...

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keylo2012 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 30, 2010 at 3:37 AM via web

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In "12 Angry Men", what does juror three do to eight in the beginning of Act 3 that causes the others to cry, "Look out!"

 

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dneshan | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted April 30, 2010 at 11:23 PM (Answer #1)

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There is constant bickering and a sense of hatred between jurors three and eight throughout all three of the acts.  In this particular section that you are referring to, the jurors decide that it might be a good idea to recreate the scene of the crime to see if it would have been possible for the boy to have stabbed his father in the fashion that he was stabbed, since he was known to be an experienced knife fighter.  Juror three volunteers to be the boy stabbing and juror eight volunteers to be the father that is being stabbed.  At this point, juror three pretends to stab but brings the knife so close to juror three's chest that the men actually think that he was close to stabbing him -- which is why they yell out, "Look out."   

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