This is an essay about "12 Angry Men", by Reginald Rose. It describes juror 6 and the cons of the Jury System.

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Juror 6:

In the story "12 angry Men", by Reginald Rose, juror six is described as an honest but slow man, one who finds it difficult to create a positive opinion, and is often listening and slowly trying to understand the opinions of others, rather then forming his own. In the text of the play, we can find examples of many of these characteristics of juror six and even more that were not given to us by the author.

The first, and most obvious attribute about his personality is seen in the play but cannot be found in words. This is the act of not talking. Although not written of course, six does not say anything until about two thirds of the way into the first Act. This shows how six is a very quite man and instead of talking, he just wants to listen and digest the opinion of the other jurors first.

Even when six starts talking, the same qualities are still shown. "Six: I don't know. I started to be convinced, you know, with the testimony from those people across the hall" (12 Angry Men, p.137.) This quote from six clearly shows his slowness to the situation and also his characteristic of coming upon his opinions slowly and being hard to convince. I believe that Six does not really fully understand the entire situation with the murder and really isn't sure who he agrees with. However he takes all the jurors opinions into consideration and eventually makes the right choice to vote non-guilty.

Another characteristic of six is that he is a calm man and is one of the few jurymen that actually wants to stay in the room and keep the debate going. Unlike almost all the other jurors in the room,