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“12 Angry Men” Movie Analysis

Throughout the movie “12 Angry Men”, different examples of influence techniques were portrayed through the various interactions and discussions among the jurors. As in many other cases in our daily lives, in this movie it was fascinating to see how powerful and influential one can be depending on the strategy one decides to implement, one’s attitude towards others, and the perception that others have of oneself. Throughout this analysis, I intend to explain and showcase with examples the many different techniques of influence that affect the day to day relations one could have with others.

At the beginning of the movie all the jurors except for Juror 8 were ready to sentence the accused young man to death. Through the use of the inspiration influence technique, Juror 8 was able to inspire all the other man to reevaluate their decision by emphasizing the holes in the evidence and by reminding them that sentencing someone to death is a big responsibility. Juror 8, whose name was Davis, argued that a decision of this nature should not take only five minutes, especially when there was reasonable doubt. He was unsure if the young man was innocent or guilty, but one thing he was sure of was that all the jurors should discuss the matter elaborately through a meaningful exchange of ideas.

Another example of the use of the inspirational influence technique in the movie was portrayed by Juror 5’s sharing of his background story. Some of the Jurors were convinced that people who grow up in the slums are more likely to commit crimes because of the lack of positive examples. However, Juror 5 was an example of the many routes that someone can take in life regardless of where someone may come from. By doing this he encouraged the other jurors to see past the young man’s life and focus more on the evidence and facts presented in the…...

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