Compare And Contrast Montana 1948 And Twelve Angry Men

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Larry Watson’s Montana 1948 and Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men both view society in a negative light that is full of prejudice and injustice. By placing both of these texts in a pessimistic view, readers are able to see that all humans are flawed. Both authors are able show that character’s varied ideologies, mistakes, and traits are a part of human nature. Watson displays these ideas through Wes and Julian whilst Rose mainly shows this through Jurors 3 and 10. Equally, Watson and Rose showcase in these texts that prejudice and injustice are prevalent and damaging to society.

Everyone affected by Frank’s crimes in Montana 1948 leaves them with a choice between justice and loyalty. These events also bring out the common prejudice against
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Both texts put these flaws mainly in characters that we see in a negative light. Juror 10 and Julian are similar characters in the way they stick to their prejudice and have aggressive or dominating tendencies. However, Juror 10 gives up in the end when he realises that he is the minority and no one else on the jury will change his mind. Julian on the other hand, stays loyal to Frank to the very end, even it if did cost him the relationship between his son, Wes. What contrasts between these two texts that there is no progress in erasing the class prejudice in Twelve Angry Men compared to the racial prejudice in Montana 1948. Wes is a character we come to respect. He changes his attitude from thinking Indians are “ignorant, lazy, superstitious, and irresponsible” to taking these allegations seriously and seeking justice. Unlike Wes, Juror 3 or 10 for example show no signs of changing their ideas against class or age. Their prejudice ideas are still a big part of their personality even when their verdict is ‘not guilty.’ Both texts still view the human race as flawed but each text perceives this idea in different ways.

The texts Montana 1948 and Twelve Angry Men both view humans in as flawed in a pessimistic way. Watson and Rose both showcase this through character’s traits, ideologies, and mistakes. Watson displays this idea through Wes and Julian. Rose on the other hand, betrays it through Jurors 3 and 10. In the end, their view on society may sound cold, but it is

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