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RUNNING HEAD: 12 Angry Men 1 12 Angry Men Amanda Ladagana National University
12 Angry Men 2 Who was selected Foreman and why? Identify characteristics and rationales. In the movie Twelve Angry Men, we see Juror number one (also known as foreman) appoints himself as the leader of the group. Throughout the movie we see that Juror number one has a very democratic style of leadership. This style of leadership is perfect and most effective for the situation, as the jury must take ownership of their decision as a whole. Though, he is authoritative when he needs to be, for example, the very first words he speaks in the movie he states, “All right gentlemen. Let’s take our seats” (12 Angry Men, 1956). This is important to take note of because at the very beginning it shows he has a slight power over the other jurors. Throughout the trial, one can see that the foreman does not speak much; however, he does when conflict arises. For instance, when juror number four states, “We’re not here to go into the reasons why slums are breeding grounds for criminals. They are. I know it. So do you. The children who come out of slum backgrounds are potential menaces to society” (12 Angry Men, 1956). Immediately after this is stated juror number ten agrees followed by a dead silence in the room. Juror number five is offended as he grew up in a “slum” all of his life. There is some arguing back and forth between some of the jurors about this when the foreman intervenes stating, “Now let’s be reasonable. There’s nothing personal – to juror number five” (12 Angry

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