12 Angry Men Character Analysis

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12 Angry Men Character Analysis

Age: 75Occupation: RetiredBackground: Born in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia to a middle-class family. He lived in a peaceful neighborhood, where there was not much violence, and that is where he gets his calming nature from. Although, he has not had much recognition growing up and does not have many friends.

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Henry Johnson started off the jury as an old man who is eager to have a say in the trial. He was quiet in the beginning, but played a key role in determining that the old man's testimony was innaccurate. He is respectful of other juror's decisions and was the first juror to change his vote and join alongside Juror #8.

"He didn't change his vote, I did. Would you like me to tell you why?""This is a quiet, frightened, insignificant old man who has been nothing all his life, who has never had recognition, his name in the newspapers. Nobody knows him, nobody quotes him, nobody seeks his advice after seventy-five years. That's a very sad thing, to be nothing. A man like this needs to be recognized, to be listened to, to be quoted just once." This is very important."

Personality

Summary

At first, I didn't want to get involved too much in the decision of the jury and just vote with the rest of the jurors. After the vote, I saw that Juror #8 actually voted "not guilty". The other jurors were coming down hard on him, as to why he could vote "not guilty" in what seemed to be such an obvious decision. Juror #8 said, "Its not easy to raise my hand and send a boy off to die without talking about it first." After hearing this, I started listening carefully to all the points he had. At the second vote, I decided to change my vote to "not guilty" because I feel there is enough reasonable doubt. It took a lot of strength for me to change my vote, but I felt that Juror #8 should not stand there and be the only one on the opposing side. As other's started convincing us of the old man's testimony and how he heard the kid yell, "I'm going to kill you" while an el-train was passing by. After hearing the old man's testimony in court, I couldn't help but compare him to my entire life. He was a very old man who carried two canes as he said his testimony in court. I say that you cannot think the old man's testimony is accurate because he seems to be a quiet, frightened, insignificant man who has been nothing all his life - who has never had recognition - his name in the newspapers. Nobody knows him after seventy-five years. This is a very sad thing. A man like this needs to be recognized - to be questioned, and listened to, and quoted just once. As we went on, after seeing Juror 4 rub his nose (which is being irritated by his glasses), I realize that, like Juror 4, the woman who testified that she allegedly saw the murder had impressions in the sides of her nose which she rubbed, indicating that she wore glasses, but did not wear them to court out of vanity. Juror #8 then asks #4 if he wears his eyeglasses to sleep, #4 replies that he doesn't and that nobody does. What this means is that the woman could not have been wearing glasses while trying to sleep, and she could not have had enough time to put them on because the attack happened extremely quickly. From hearing this, Jurors #4, 10, and 12 all change their votes to "not guilty". As the jury went on, more people started to change their votes to "not guilty" after realizing that the testimony's of the old man and the women in court may not be accurate at all. At the end, everyone changed their vote and we all agreed that the boy was not guilty.

12 Angry Men Character Analysis

Biography

Henry Johnson

Analysis

Juror #9 may be a soft-spoken old man, but played a key role in the cause of changing votes. He was the first juror to respect Juror #8's independance of thought because he was convinced that there was not enough evidence to sentence the accused boy to death for allegedly murdering his father. I feel like the other jurors did not take him seriously enough mainly because he was the oldest out of them all. In the beginning of the play, most readers would probably think that the old man was irrelevant because he was initially very quiet at the start of the jury decision but later on he becomes a dynamic part of the twelve.

Citations

Bradford, Wade. ""Twelve Angry Men" - Characters from Reginald Rose's Drama." "Twelve Angry Men" - Characters from Reginald Rose's Drama. About.com, n.d. Web. 27 May 2014. ."Juror 9." Juror 9. Blogspot, 11 Sept. 2006. Web. 28 May 2014. ."12 Angry Men (1957) - Quotes." TCM. Turner Classic Movies, n.d. Web. 28 May 2014. .


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