Twelve Angry Men and To Kill A Mockingbird Essay

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Twelve Angry Men and To Kill A Mockingbird




Mahatma Gandhi once said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” This
simply means that if you want to make a difference in the world then you have to be the
one to step up and make the change. This quote applies to Juror Eight in Twelve Angry Men
by Reginald Rose and Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird. Juror Eight takes a stand for what
he believes in and opposes the other eleven jurors that vote guilty, as well as Atticus
who knew it was the moral action to defend a black man even though nearly every other
white person disagreed with him.


Juror Eight in Twelve Angry Men stands alone while the eleven other jurors vote guilty.
Juror Eight is characterized as an intelligent man who sees all sides to every question,
and he simply wants to give the defendant a fair trial. The first example of Juror Eight
acting to change the jurors’ minds is when he is the only person to vote for acquittal.
What starts out as a simple discussion over the evidence turns into a heated argument
between the jurors. Juror Eight has many conflicts with the remaining jurors just because
of his ethical notion that the defendant should receive a fair trial. Juror Eight felt
that it was his obligation to confront the other jurors because of what he believed in.

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