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Definition of justice, democracy, and social responsibility? I finished reading 12...

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alloutninja | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 9, 2007 at 7:00 AM via web

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Definition of justice, democracy, and social responsibility?

I finished reading 12 Angry Jurors [Men] and I was wondering about the answer to these questions:

What are each of the jurors definition of democracy, justice, and social responsibility?

These questions were pretty hard for me to answer.

If anyone could answer these, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 9, 2008 at 11:50 PM (Answer #1)

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Part of the problem here is that none of the jurors are given names--only numbers.  It makes keeping them straight in your mind very difficult. 

The best way to answer this is to make yourself a 12-column chart--one column for each juror, and in each one, take notes on his ideas of democracy, justice, and social responsibility.  Those born in the USA might not have as strong an opinion about democracy as those who have recently become citizens. 

Each of the jurors have different sitatuations and backgrounds, as well as how invested he is in finding the real truth.  One has tickets to a concert and just wants to come to an agreement, no matter the consequences.  One comes from the "other side of the tracks" and knows how to properly use a knife.  He actually pulls one out of his pocket that is so similar to the murder weapon--said to be unique--that the others are shocked into silence for a few minutes.  Another questions the timing of the train and the accuracy of the woman's testimony due to her eyesight.  Those who disagree the most are truly the ones who get down to the business of showing reasonable doubt which makes the others finally change their votes and leads to an acquittal for the defendent. 

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