The architect confronts him on the matter asking why it is possoble for him to believe
the staement of woman an eye witness as she is one of ‘them’ as well. The third
juror continues this theme exclaiming that it should be obvious to the jury that he
lied about having lost the knife.
7.2 The youth as violent by nature
Due to a personal experience the third juror is lead to believe that violence in men/
boys the age of the juror is common palce, more particularly violence against a
father figure. The third juror makes an admission about his own “
When he was
fifteen he hit me in the face. He's big, you know. I haven't seen him in three years.
Rotten kid! You work your heart out...
” The violent tussle he had with his son my be
the reason why the idea of a boy from a ‘lesser background’ not just hitting
murdering his father seem possible and probable. Not withsandin that juror three’s
son was fifteen, much like the defandat was when he started getting into trouble
witht the law. Juror seven mention the boy’s history of delinquncy “a
t fifteen he was
in reform school,he stole a car
.” He further added “
he's been arrested for mugging,
He was picked up for knife-fighti
ng” and finally mentioned
I think they said he
stabbed somebody in the arm, this is a very fine boy.
” The sale man implies that his
youth and past bad behaviour makes it to be expected that he woul perpetuate this
7.3 poor as immoral
“We're not here to go into the reasons why slums are breeding grounds for
this was said by the fourth juror, slum are heavily populated informal
settlements, the housing is usually sub standard ans lack basic sanitation, slums
are synomous with poverty. The juror went on to say “t
he children who come out
of slum backgrounds are potential menaces to societ
y.” From the quoted text it is
clear that that
juror belives that individuals from poor background are deviant by
nature and that the young man in question is no different. Tjis sweeping
genaralisation is evidence of the perception amongst american socity in the fifties
that the poor are immoral.