Movie Scene Analysis of 12 Essay

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The way the racist juror was dressed and groomed indicated a lack of class and personal pride. He was an ignorant man who had worked hard all his life, had risen to a level in society where he was above minorities and other impoverished Americans, but still not as well off as he would like to be. He had a deep seeded anger at his position in society which manifested itself as hatred toward minorities. The only way he could feel good about himself, it seemed, was to increase his own self-worth by putting down those who he felt were lower than himself.

However, Juror #10 knew, deep down in his soul, that what he said was wrong, that his beliefs were not in accordance with American ideals. This subconscious knowledge was conveyed through actions such as his wiping of his face, his fondling of his handkerchief, and his meekly surrendering to the moral outrage of the other jurors and scurrying off to sit in the corner. While he never once said that he was wrong
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and the others were right, his nonverbal clues gave away his emotions. And it was not only the nonverbal clues of Juror #10 but the others as well that helped bring about the dramatic action. In order to express outrage and contempt for Juror #10's racist beliefs, the other juror at first refused to make eye contact with him, turning their heads whenever he looked their way. Slowly the other jurors, demonstrating their increased outrage, stood up, walked away from the table, and turned their backs on the ignorant juror and his racist rant. While the scene may only contain dialogue from juror #10, and a racist tirade at that, the scene is filled with nonverbal communication from every actor in the room and while none of the other actors actually speak, they say a great deal.

References

"12 Angry Men (1957)." Greatest Films - Best Movies in Cinematic History. Retrieved from www.filmsite.org.

Harrigan, Jinni, Robert Rosenthal, and Klaus Scherer. (2005). New Handbook of Methods

in Nonverbal Behavior Research. New York: Oxford UP. Print.

Payatos, Fernando. (2002). Nonverbal Communication Across Disciplines. Philadelphia:…

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"12 Angry Men (1957)." Greatest Films - Best Movies in Cinematic History. Retrieved from www.filmsite.org.

Harrigan, Jinni, Robert Rosenthal, and Klaus Scherer. (2005). New Handbook of Methods

in Nonverbal Behavior Research. New York: Oxford UP. Print.

Payatos, Fernando. (2002). Nonverbal Communication Across Disciplines. Philadelphia:

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