The issues surrounding prejudice were exhibited most

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The issues surrounding prejudice were exhibited most by jurors three and ten throughout the movie. They use their personal bias against young and old people, as well as those from “the slums” to try and support their decisions. Both jurors use prejudicial remarks rather than analyzing the evidence surrounding the case. Early on juror three claims “That man’s a dangerous killer. You could see it” (Fonda and Lumet, 1957). The juror is claiming that killers have a specific appearance, displaying his prejudice against people who resemble the suspect. Juror three is the last to submit to a non-guilty verdict and it which becomes apparent that his entire refusal to accept a non-guilty decision was based on displacing his anger towards his son on the suspect. 2
12 Angry Men and GroupthinkJuror ten is another person who shows strong prejudicial behavior as he displays fits of rage followed by remarks of biased opinions when each juror decides to change his vote to not guilty. Early in the film he makes a comment of “Look at the kind of people they are- you know them” (Fonda and Lumet, 1957). His assumption is making the claim that people that are the same race or culture as the suspect are incompetent people that provide no benefit to society. Studies have shown that people rely on cognitive heuristics to reduce complicated information to data that is comprehensible (Payne & Crowley, 2008). Basically, it provides people with the ability to make a quick decision. Heuristics can be considered helpful in many

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