Twelve Angry Men: Sociological Dynamics12 Angry Men (1957) is the gripping, penetrating, and engrossing examination of a d...
Juror #9: 70 years old. Retired. A mild, gentlefolk, long winded life, and now merely waiting to die. Aman who recognizes ...
Name:___________________________ Period:________ Theme/group #_______Score:______/50                        12 Angry Men: ...
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14                    "This kid has been kicked around all of his life."         0:13:4615                    "Ive lived a...
3940 Dynamics            Juror who tells jokes to cover anxiety and to fit in         0:35:0041 Persuasion          "Im gl...
87   Another vote (raise of hands)   (4-8)   1:22:5490   Conformity New vote                     1:28:2696   Final vote (0...
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  1. 1. Twelve Angry Men: Sociological Dynamics12 Angry Men (1957) is the gripping, penetrating, and engrossing examination of a diverse groupof twelve jurors (all male, mostly middle-aged, white, and generally of middle-class status) whoare uncomfortably brought together to deliberate after hearing the facts in a seemingly open-and-shut murder trial case. They retire to a jury room to do their civic duty and serve up a justverdict for the indigent minority defendant (with a criminal record) whose life is in the balance.The film is a powerful indictment, denouncement and expose of the trial by jury system. Thefrightened, teenaged defendant is on trial, as well as the jury and the American judicial systemwith its purported sense of infallibility, fairness and lack of bias. The film is an example of socialinteraction, conflicts, group functions, and cooperation.The background information here is brief. It is done intentionally because since it is felt that what theyare and who they are will be revealed in their dialogue and actions during the course of the film. [Thenumber in brackets are added and represent the order in which the juror voted not guilty.]Foreman: 35 years old. Assistant high-school football coach. A small petty men who is at first waryof, and then impressed with the authority he has. Handles himself quite formally. Not overly bright butdogged.[9]Juror #2: 38 years old. Bank clerk. A meek, hesitant man who finds it difficult to maintain anyopinions of his own. Easily swayed and usually adopts the opinion of the last person to whom he hasspoken. [5]Juror #3: 40 years old. Head of messenger service. A very strong, very forceful, extremelyopinionated man within whom can be detected a streak of sadism. A humorless man who is intolerantof opinions other than his own, and accustomed to forcing his wishes and views upon others. [12]Juror #4: 50 years old. Stockbroker. A man of wealth and position. A practiced speaker who presentshimself well at all times. Seems to feel a little bit above the rest of the jurors. His only concern is withthe facts in this case and he is appalled with the behavior of the others. Constantly preening himself,combing his hair, cleaning his nails, etc. [10 - tie]Juror #5: 25 years old. Mechanic. A naive, very frightened young man who takes his obligation in thiscase very seriously but who finds it difficult to speak up when his elders have the floor. [3]Juror #6: 33 years old. Housepainter. An honest, but dull-witted man who comes upon his decisionsslowly and carefully. A man who finds it difficult to create positive opinions, but who must listen toand digest and accept those opinions offered by others which appeal to him most. [6]Juror #7: 42 years old. Salesman. A loud, flashy, “gladhanded” salesman type who has moreimportant things to do than to sit on a jury. He is quick to show temper, quick to form opinions onthings about which he knows nothing. He is a bully, and, of course, a coward. [7]Juror #8: 42 years old. Architect. A quiet, thoughtful, gentle man. A man who sees many sides toevery question and constantly seeks the truth. A man of strength tempered with compassion. Above all,a man who wants justice to be done, and will fight to see that it is. [1] 1
  2. 2. Juror #9: 70 years old. Retired. A mild, gentlefolk, long winded life, and now merely waiting to die. Aman who recognizes himself for what he is, and mourns the days when it would have been possible tobe courageous without shielding himself behind his many years. From the way he takes pills wheneverhe is excited, it is obvious that he has a heart condition. [2]Juror #10: 46 years old. Garage owner. An angry, bitter man. a man who antagonizes almost at sight.A bigot who places no values on any human life save his own. A man who has been nowhere and isgoing nowhere and knows it deep within him. He has a bad cold and continually blows his nose, sniffsa benzedrine inhaler, etc. [10 - tie]Juror #11: 48 years old. Watchmaker. A refugee from Europe who has come to this country in 1941.A man who speaks with an accent and who is ashamed, humble, almost subservient to the peoplearound him, but a man who will honestly seek justice because he has suffered through so muchinjustice. [4]Juror #12: 30 years old. Advertising man. A slick, bright advertising man who thinks of human beingsin terms of percentages, graphs and polls, and has no real understanding of people. A superficial snob,but trying to be a good fellow. Throughout the play he doodles on a scratch pad. [8] 2
  3. 3. Name:___________________________ Period:________ Theme/group #_______Score:______/50 12 Angry Men: A study in Sociological ThemesThemes 1. Conformity 2. Minority Influence 3. Attribution errors 4. Attribution bias 5. Leadership (3 styles) 6. Persuasion 7. Group Dynamics 8. Decision Making 9. Social Cognition (Schemas) 10. Social Cognition (Heuristics) 11. Prejudice 12. Culture and Gender (how would this film be different if the jurors were not all white males) 13. Conflict Perspective 14. Vested Interests 15. Sanctions (positive and negative)DirectionsYou will have seen the 1957 film, "12 Angry Men" and a PowerPoint presentation that better identifiesand describes the characters in the film before beginning this small group research and presentation.This film is an excellent example of many sociological themes applied into one cohesive film. Thebest part is these themes are so naturally embedded in the group dynamic; the film maker did not needto overplay the social context.In groups no larger than 3 members, you will have time in class to review the 15 sociological themesbefore selecting yours for research and presentation.Your presentation will be a simple one: 1 page single spaced (600 words) describing your theme ingeneral terms and specifically citing examples from the film. A PowerPoint slideshow with 10 slidesdefining your theme, citing the textbook as a source, and using the character descriptions and situationsfrom the film to illustrate your findings. There are resources posted on the blog to help you. Thispresentation will be due five days from the date of assignment, or:__________________________. 3
  4. 4. Name:____________________ Email address:__________________________ Phone:____________Name:____________________ Email address:__________________________ Phone:____________Name:____________________ Email address:__________________________ Phone:____________Theme choice #1_______Theme choice #2 ______Theme choice #3 ______ Scene examples to support sociological themes.Scene # Theme? Quote or Description ETin film1 Homeostasis Getting the fan to work / opening the windows 0:04:252 Stereotype "Ill slap those kids down before they start any trouble" 0:06:393 Obedience to authority Obeying the foreman 0:08:354 Motivation "I have tickets to the ballgame." 0:08:427 Attribution "They let those kids run wild out there" 0:09:458 Dynamics "Are you a Yankee fan." "No, Baltimore" 0:10:049 Conformity First vote (raise of hands, not all raise hands at once) 11-1 0:11:2410 Vested Interest "Theres always one." 0:11:5011 Vested Interest "Whats there to talk about?" "11 men here think he is guilty." 0:12:2913 Persuasion "Couldnt change my mind if we talked for a 100 years" 0:12:58 4
  5. 5. 14 "This kid has been kicked around all of his life." 0:13:4615 "Ive lived among them all my life." 0:14:3216 "Its up to us to convince this gentleman that he is wrong and we are right" 0:15:3217 "Claimed he was at the movie theatre, but one hour later couldnt remember the names of the films he saw…" 0:17:1518 Perception Discussion of elevated train 0:18:0519 "Shes one of them too, isnt she?" 0:18:1920 Could hear the argument 0:19:2421 "The kid has been hit so many times that violence is a normal state of affairs with him.” 0:19:4723 Attribution bias "Look at his record" (then list of confirming evidence) 0:20:2024 “Ever since he was five years old his father would beat him up regularly, he used his fists.” 0:20:3825 "Its these kids nowadays." 0:20:4826 Heuristic "You know it and I know it" (born in slum) 0:22:1327 Discussion of how Fondas character found the knife 0:25:5932 In-group/out-group "There are still 11 of us here who think he is guilty." 0:29:4933 Motivation "Lets get done and get out of here." 0:30:3434 Conformity "If there are 11 votes for guilty, I wont stand alone." 0:31:133538 Conformity "This gentleman has been standing alone against us." 0:34:03 5
  6. 6. 3940 Dynamics Juror who tells jokes to cover anxiety and to fit in 0:35:0041 Persuasion "Im glad youre not one of those who lets emotional appeals influence them." 0:35:5842 Foot in the door "Do you know what the soft sell is?" 0:36:3750 "If you say stuff to him like that again, Im going to lay you out." 0:43:4553 Attribution Error "Bright? Hes a common, ignorant, slob; he dont even speak good English." 0:46:4454 Conformity Juror changes vote (9-3) 0:46:5455 Bystander effect "Two, if he did hear it, he may not have connected it with his own act." 0:50:4058 Juror changes vote (8-4) 0:52:1061 "He was an old man, half of the time he was confused." 0:54:2466 Conformity Call for open vote (6-6) 1:01:5571 "Theyre all alike." 1:08:5672 "The arrogance of this guy." 1:09:0478 Conformity Juror changes vote (5-7) 1:15:4379 "There are some baseball tickets burning a hole in your pocket." 1:16:0280 Another vote (raise of hands) (3-9) 1:17:0981 "You know how these people lie." (long diatribe) 1:17:5882 heuristic "I know a couple who are okay." 1:18:3983 "We have to keep personal prejudice out of this." 1:20:2285 Dyanmics Discussion of ladys testimony 1:21:21 6
  7. 7. 87 Another vote (raise of hands) (4-8) 1:22:5490 Conformity New vote 1:28:2696 Final vote (0-12) 7
  8. 8. Essay and PowerPointA 600 word essay is basically the same as a five paragraph essay in length.You have seen the film, have discussed the topics and have done internet research.Here is a framework for your essay. Your audience is your classmates, write to peer-educate and illustrate the relevance of the film, 12 Angry Men to this class, and morespecifically, your sociological theme. Ask questions. Don’t wait until the last minute.Essay:Introduction (paragraph 1):Define your sociological term. 8
  9. 9. Describe the movieIntroduce the concept in sociological terms (use your textbook).Transition to examples (paragraph 2-4)Conclusion (paragraph 5):Summarize introductionGive opinion on movie and your themePowerPoint:Introduction (slides 1-4):Introduce yourselvesDefine your sociological term.Describe the movieIntroduce the concept in sociological terms (use your textbook).Transition to examples (slides 5-8)Conclusion (slides 9-10):Summarize introduction 9
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