Which three jurors demonstrated good critical thinking skills?

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Twelve Angry Men is, on its surface, a simple play about a murder case. As the reader gets further into the action of the play, we are able to see the good and bad characteristics of each juror, along with the ways in which they process the evidence which has been presented to them.

The eighth juror shows us the goodness and nobility that resides in some men. He shows that he has a logical way of looking at things. He shows his critical thinking skills early in the play, right after the first vote, when he says, "It's not so easy for me to raise my hand and send a boy off to die without talking about it first." This simple line shows that he wants to really examine the case, using all of the evidence that has been presented to them. He is able to begin to sway the jurors with his critical thinking by showing them a knife which is identical to the murder weapon. The prosecution had assured the jurors that the murder weapon was "one of a kind." This is disproven by the fact that...

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