Decision-Making Dynamics in "Twelve Angry Men"
An analysis of the interplay of power, identity and group interaction within the film "Twelve Angry Men," directed by Sidney Lumet.
# 119329 | 1,336 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 |
Published on Apr 19, 2010 in Psychology (Social) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Sociology (General) , Criminology (General)
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The paper examines how the film "Twelve Angry Men" showcases the inner workings of a small group of jurors who must decide the fate of a teenage defendant. The paper analyzes how this film portrays the many ways in which personal bias and identity influence what should be objective decisions. The paper also focuses on the assets and liabilities of small group decision-making dynamics.
From the Paper:"When the film begins the only juror to believe in the innocence of the teenaged defendant is juror number eight. He wants to at least discuss the case the case before they decide. Unlike the other jurors he places value on the defendant life, this is due in large part to his belief that there is a moral responsibility that comes with making a life or death decision. When other jurors ask if he thinks the young man is guilty or innocent, he says simply, "I don't know." This shows he is attempting to take the matter seriously. He further explains: " It's not easy for me to raise my hand and send a boy off to die without talking about it first." Further, he has an understanding of the defendant's background. Here it can be seen how class and race/ethnicity begin to play pivotal roles in the decision-making process."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Brown, Rupert. Group Process :Dynamics Within and Between Groups Blackwell Publishing:2003
- Friedkin, William. 12 Angry Men. MGM 1997
- Lumet, Sydney. 12 Angry Men. MGM 1957
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