Essay about Harper Lee And 12 Angry Men

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The texts ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, written by Harper Lee and ‘12 Angry Men’ directed by Sidney Lumet; both display contrasting features and qualities. While both are very diverse texts, they both share an undeniable resemblance, in relation to a single person affecting a group 's idea of a just and morally right decision. Prejudice and discrimination are a reflection of how both the accused characters in either text sway opinions about which course of action is correct. Two of the protagonists, Atticus Finch and Juror 8, exemplify how a single individual can drastically change what those around them perceive to be right and wrong. Children in both texts, specifically Jem and scout, and Juror 3’s son, are also an example of how one person can change the opinions of those around them.

Prejudice is a theme that is highly prevalent in both the novel and film. The defendants in both ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘12 Angry Men’, are subject to discrimination. Additionally, the accused were both immediately judged based on their ethnicity or social class, rather than the strength of their character. For ‘12 Angry Men’, this concept of prejudice manifests through Juror 10, and his ignorant views, which Lumet intended to use to showcase the views of the era. ‘You 're not gonna tell me we 're supposed to believe this kid, knowing what he is.’ The term ‘what he is’, refers to an individual of the defendants ' socio-economic class, due to this, his guilt is instantaneously decided.…

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