Day 1

12 Angry Men Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What causes the conflict between the 5th Juror and the 10th Juror?

    Throughout the act, the 10th Juror has been making sweeping statements about "them." It is clear that he is referring to people of color and/or people born in poverty. The 5th Juror declares that he was born in a slum himself, and that he finds the 10th Juror's statements offensive, since he seems to be saying that poor people or people of color cannot be honest, or cannot hold informed opinions.

  2. 2

    Why does the 8th Juror vote "not guilty"?

    He has a few niggling doubts, and he's a man who does not wish to make assumptions, particularly since this is a capital murder case,...

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