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In Twelve Angry Men, how does the personality of Juror #6 affect his vote?

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rn20yr | Honors

Posted February 15, 2012 at 12:57 AM via web

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In Twelve Angry Men, how does the personality of Juror #6 affect his vote?

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 15, 2012 at 6:57 AM (Answer #1)

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The Twelve Angry Men of the title are the twelve jurors who must come to a unanimous decision on convicting or acquitting a man. The play concerns their deliberations, started by a single man who casts doubt on the testimony.

While other jurors make their initial decision based on emotion, Juror #6 is a working man who is not concerned with lengthy arguments, instead trusting his instinct. At first, he is ready to convict with the others, but as Juror #8 discusses the merits of the case with others, he changes his opinion. He does so based on the debate of the other jurors, instead of on his own ideas; since he is a worker instead of a thinker, he is satisfied to let them debate and then side with the ones whose ideas make the most sense. While the others waver in their opinions based more on emotional discussion and their held beliefs -- #3 in particular holds out because he cannot stand to be wrong -- #6 makes the decision to acquit because it makes sense, based on the jury discussion.

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