12 Angry Men Analysis 6 Essay

955 Words May 17th, 2012 4 Pages
In the movie “12 Angry Men” all five methods of influence were used. The Methods of influence such as use of reason, assertiveness, coalition building, higher values, and bargaining were all used by the jurors; whether it was purposely or subconsciously. The influential methods used by juror number eight were the most effective for many reasons.
Jurors number three, the messenger service owner, and number ten, the garage owner tried to use the assertiveness method of influence to get their points across. They were screaming and berating at multiple points during the film. It was very clear that they were not going to change their minds. As I was watching the movie, I often wondered how the other jurors are going to get these two men,
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The architect knew that, in the United States of America, a man is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Now, if there is a reasonable doubt then he shouldn’t be accused guilty. And Davis had a reasonable doubt that kept him from voting guilty. The evidence wasn’t perfect and he wanted to review everything for a while before sending a kid to the electric chair. He used this method to influence juror number nine, the old man, especially. Once the old man was on his side, they both began to bring up key points throughout the movie that assured other jurors that there were reasonable doubts. When juror eight influenced a few other members to change their votes and see the case from his point of view, he then used the method of coalition building. He got jurors one by one to change their minds and realize that the evidence against the kid was not thoroughly analyzed or accurate and there were reasonable doubts. He had them work together to analyze and go over certain aspects and evidence of the case. A perfect example of this influence is when Davis, called for a diagram display of the “Old Man with the bad leg’s” apartment. Then, he reenacted the witness testimony that he rushed from his bedroom to the hall, in fifteen seconds, to see the kid running down the stairs. I believe this was the key turning point in the movie. Many other jurors began to see that

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