Essay on 12 Angry Men ( 1957 )

1491 Words Nov 7th, 2016 6 Pages
In the movie 12 Angry Men (1957) many opinions, decision-making traps, and biases overshadowed the reality of the case at hand. With different personalities who have attitudes and stereotyping and implicit prejudice to a greater extent were to decide the fate of a young boy who was accused of murdering his father. I strongly believe as stated by Banaji, Bazerman, and Chugh, “[It] makes implicit prejudice so common and persistent is [because] it is rooted in the fundamental mechanics of thought.” There was not enough evidence, therefore, it was hard to prove him guilty, although it seemed most of them would rather find him guilty and be done with so that they can move on with their lives, without doing their due diligence, or the realization that someone’s life is at stake.
All the jurors had varying backgrounds with one of them being grown up in a slum, yet another one had a son who was about the same age as the accused, therefore he depicts his experience on to the boy and the fact that he grew up in a slum makes his decision even stronger to find him guilty. The power of group thinking, decision making, and ‘status quo’ is evident as most of them would rather find the boy guilty without discussing and looking at from the common man’s perspective. Hammond, Keeney, and Raiffa mention that “the source of the status-quo trap lies deep within our psyches, in our desire to protect our egos from damage” (2006, p. 6). Most of the men displayed exactly that, except a few,…

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