Twelve Angry Men Essay

1094 Words Jul 31st, 2012 5 Pages
Does Twelve Angry Men show that prejudice can obscure the truth?

In the play Twelve Angry Men, Reginald Rose shows that prejudices can prevent jurors from seeing the truth. This is evident throughout the play as juror 10 blinded to the facts because prejudice clouds his judgement. However, besides prejudice, Rose also show personal bias, ignorance and a weak characteristic can take away jurors’ abilities to see the truth. For instance, juror 3’s bad relationship with his son in the past and juror7’s ignorant attitude towards the case ultimately affect their perspective about the facts and evidence presented in the case. As a result, these factors not only obscure the truth but also make it hard for the jury to reach a just verdict and
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In the early part of the play, juror 10 claims: “You can’t believe a word they say. I mean they’re born liars” (p.g 8). This emphasize the problem of his prejudice is that he views the defendant not as an individual but as a representative of a group which means his perspective towards the defendant is different compared with other jurors. This is why juror 10 cannot see the truth, as prejudiced takes over his thinking abilities and does not let him comprehend the facts of the case. Furthermore, due to his immense prejudice, he often confuses his prejudice with the facts of the case. We can see this when he says “Let’s talk facts” (p.g 51) but in reality he is talking about his prejudice when he says: “These people are born to lie” (p.g 51). Ultimately, in order for him to see the truth, he needs to get over his prejudiced, views and judge the defendant as an individual. This demonstrates that irrational prejudice will prevent jurors from understand facts and consequently obscure the truth.

Not only prejudice obscures the truth; personal bias also obscures the truth and prevents jurors from seeing the truth. This is seen through juror 3 who has a young son about the age of the defendant. From the play, it is obvious that the relationship between him and his son is a violent one with him vowing to “make a man outta you or… bust you in half trying” (p.g 12) and the relationship ends with “a

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