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12 Angry Men Essay Conflict Management

 

Juror #1Either through volunteering or chronological delegation, juror #1 was the foreman of the groupand tasked with leading the discussion, which quickly turns into a quite interesting negotiation.He was not very assertive, especially when it came to his role of authority, offering to give it upto anyone that would want it. He was however, highly cooperative, making sure the trial wasfair and all the other jurors were heard. Overall he was non-resistant and had anaccommodating negotiation style. His target point was running the trial based on how everyoneelse wanted to run it, which included an initial vote of guilty, and his reservation point wasreaching a verdict through a fair negotiation.When he firsts begins the negotiation he recommends voting through secret ballot, whichwould have been an excellent idea because public display of opinions results in someonebecoming even more committed to their position. Once the Jurors make a choice and take astand, they will ultimately encounter personal and interpersonal pressures to behaveconsistently with that commitment. After the first vote, he attempts to encourage the otherJurors to pay attention to the problem at hand. Seemingly separating the people from theproblem; however, that is in fact not the case because he agrees with the idea of havingeveryone who voting guilty explaining their reasoning to Juror #8 in order to show him where

 

Juror #8:

(Henry Fonda) An architect, instigates a thoughtful reconsideration of thecase against the accused; symbolically clad in white; a liberal-minded, patient truth-and-justice seeker who uses soft-spoken, calm logical reasoning; balanced, decent,courageous, well-spoken and concerned; considered a do-gooder (who is just wastingothers' time) by some of the prejudiced jurors named Davis.

Juror #9:

(Joseph Sweeney) Eldest man in group, white-haired, thin, retiring andresigned to death but has a resurgence of life during deliberations; soft-spoken but perceptive, fair-minded; named McCardle.

Juror #5:

(Jack Klugman) Naive, insecure, frightened, reserved; grew up in a poor Jewish urban neighborhood and the case resurrected in his mind that slum-dwellingupbringing; a guilty vote would distance him from his past; nicknamed "Baltimore" byJuror # 7 because of his support of the Orioles.

Juror #11:

(George Voskovec) A watchmaker, speaks with a heavy accent, of German-European descent, a recent refugee and immigrant; expresses reverence andrespect for American democracy, its system of justice, and the infallibility of the Law.

Juror #2:

(John Fiedler) A wimpy, balding bank clerk/teller, easily persuaded, meek,hesitant, goes along with the majority, eagerly offers cough drops to other men duringtense times of argument; better memory than # 4 about film title.

Juror #6:

(Edward Binns) A typical "working man," dull-witted, experiencesdifficulty in making up his own mind, a follower; probably a manual labourer or  painter; respectful of older juror and willing to back up his words with fists.

Juror #7:

(Jack Warden) Clownish, impatient salesman (of marmalade the previousyear), a flashy dresser, gum-chewing, obsessed baseball fan who wants to leave assoon as possible to attend evening game; throws wadded up paper balls at the fan; uses baseball metaphors and references throughout all his statements (he tells the foreman3