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The movie Twelve Angry Men begins with an eighteen year old boy from the ghetto who is on trial for the murder of his abusive father. A jury of twelve men (the committee) is locked in the deliberation room to decide the fate of this young boy. All evidence is against the boy and a guilty verdict would send him to die in the electric chair. The judge informed the jurors that they are faced with a grave decision and that the court would not entertain any acts of mercy for the boy if found guilty. Even before the deliberation talks begin it is apparent most of the men are certain the boy is guilty. However, when the initial poll is taken Juror #8 (Henry Fonda) registered a shocking not guilty vote. Immediately the room is in uproar. The rest …show more content…
He says “I just don’t think we should send a boy off to die without at least talking about it first.” The example he set encourages the others to be level and be open to receive feedback. The portion of the movie illustrates the process of leveling and soliciting feedback which can make all the difference in effective communication.
Another issue dealt with in the movie is prejudice. Prejudice is defined as premature judgment or bias. In a trial situation Jurors are asked to only consider the evidence presented to them. Individual biases are not expected to effect the decision making process. Unfortunately, leaving our prejudices outside the court room door or work place is near impossible. As the movie demonstrates prejudice can distort our views and greatly affects our ability to make an accurate assessment. Henry Fonda (Juror #8) entered the trial with an open mind; he managed to sell his beliefs/ideas and involved the others to buy into the possibility of reasonable doubt. There were so many examples throughout the film that I chose a select few clips to relate to conflict and negotiation. Conflict was very evident throughout the movie. Conflict is a psychological struggle resulting from opposing or incompatible needs, drives, hopes, or internal or external demands. There were few parts in the movie that did not deal with conflict between the 12 jurors (a committee). During the jury deliberation, the men negotiate their views and feelings until they finally have

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