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Discuss whether or not you think this group ever did "form" or "perform".What does...

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abba92 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 2, 2008 at 6:47 PM via web

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Discuss whether or not you think this group ever did "form" or "perform".

What does "form" or "perform" means?

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

Posted September 3, 2008 at 7:24 AM (Answer #2)

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You should ask your teacher for clarification.  However, my best guess is that your teacher wants you to consider if the jury members form a unified opinion of "guilty" or "not guilty" and did they perform for each other as they attempted to reach their decision.  The answers for those questions are both "yes."   The jurors all come from different backgrounds and knowledge perspectives.  The evidence is pointed out by jurors to help them reach the "not guilty" verdict--the glasses the witness wore, the train, the knife and how it was held, how common the knife is to get on the street, who heard the screams and when they heard them, etc.  One "performance" that is especially memorable is the reenactment of the knife...one juror demonstrates how knives of this kind are held in a fight which comes from his background of growing up on streets just like the one where the defendent lives.  Even in the confusion of people wanting to leave in order to make their theatre dates, etc. the jurors do end up proving that there is considerable doubt where the defendent's guilt is concerned.  The knife is not so uncommon (one juror had one just like it in his pocket), the witness was half-blind even with her glasses, the train passed between the witness and the crime, and it is possible that another person committed the murder.   Without the reenactments (performances) they may have said "guilty" without pause.

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