Books and Movies Reviews

Twelve Angry Men

In the movie "Twelve Angry Men" the actions and behaviors of the Jurors demonstrate the concept of small group communication.It is evident that the film shows the development of the task-oriented group from the beginning to the end.In this paper we will discuss the power of consensual meaning, the relationship of the communication process to the group process, and the distinction between socio-emotional and task behaviors.We will also discuss the concept of leadership, roles, and our ideas in regard to norms and group culture.Lastly, we will discuss how conflict affects the group process.We will be using the examples from the movie to apply the concepts we have been learning in this course dealing with small group communication.
In the movie "Twelve Angry Men," twelve jury members were given the task to decide a boy's fate.The jury members, when beginning deliberation, were almost unanimous on a guilty verdict.All but one man was in favor of the death penalty for this boy.This was before the group of jury members had any interaction.Before the almost unanimous vote, the men were very polite to one another.They made comments on the heat, what they did for business, going to a ball game, and basic general self-disclosures. They didn't say a word initially about the case.
It took one man, Juror eight, to "rock the boat," and in the process of interaction, "rocking the boat," isn't favored.When thefirst vote was in, Juror eight was the only man who voted not guilty, and while the rest of the men were hasty and mad over the whole thing, he brings up the point of honesty and giving the boy a fair consideration.However, everyone had their stereotypes about the boy.They stereotyped him because he was from the slums, and because they didn't like his defense story. Everyone had something to say, testing the group with their opinions, which reveals …

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