In Reginal Rose’s play Twelve Angry Men, juror number 11 is an immigrant and often talks about the importance of the American Judicial system. The introduction gives us this description of him:
He is a refugee from Europe. He speaks with an accent and is ashamed, humble, almost subservient to the people around him.
While the play doesn’t give us much detail of what life was like in his home country, he often mentions the importance the jury plays in the case because they are able to gather and freely talk about the court case. He impresses on the eleven other jurors the importance of being able to come to a decision based on what is right and fair, because other countries do not provide this freedom to their citizens. As the men argue about the vote, Juror eleven explains that disagreements like this would not be accepted in his country.
Please. I would like to say something here. I have always thought that a man was entitled to have unpopular opinions in this country. This is the reason I came here. I wanted to have the right to disagree.
Part of his realization is a part of the American dream. Rose reminds his audience, who themselves may have complained about serving jury duty, that Americans have the right to a jury of their peers. America is a country whose citizens and residents have freedoms from persecution.
For many people, the American dream centered around owning material goods and being able to show off their wealth, but juror number three represents hard work and its rewards. He owns a small business and reminds the other jurors that he started out with nothing, but through his continuous hard work, he has become successful. He brags that he even has his own employees now: a sign that he has business success.