April 23, 2014
12 Angry Men: Communication Analysis
In the film, 12 Angry Men, viewers come across a group of men who display the different communication dynamics – both the positive and negative sides. Chapter 7 encompasses the idea of Group and Team Communication Skills and how one should communicate effectively among others.
To help better understand, 12 Angry Men is centered on a jury’s deliberation in a murder case. A group of men are given the job to deliberate the life of a young boy who has been accused of murdering his father. With only a knife that’s been left behind in the murder scene and a few witnesses who claim they heard the boy scream and ...view middle of the document...
Juror No. 3 seemed to deal with Allness statement. He was the only character in the end of the film that did not want to go to “the other side.” From the beginning he was as stubborn and prideful as one man can be. He made an untrue generalization that conveyed that all children are the same. He was dealing with a personal issue himself that made influenced his decision to cast the boy “guilty.” Because of his issue, he prejudged the boy unfairly. Juror No. 3 also identified with Time-Oriented Listeners. He was very quick to answer questions to get to the heart of the matter and leave. These people are “busy and do not have time to listen to long, rambling talks” (147). Contrary to him, viewers also met Juror No. 8 who was complete opposite. He wanted to talk things through and not make any rational decisions without looking at every possible angle.
Some of the men also displayed Nonverbal Communication. Some of them were enthusiastic about the murder trial while others weren’t as expressive. Some just said “guilty” / “not guilty” only to finish the deliberation and go home. The book says, “group members’ posture, facial expression, tone of voice…dramatically affect a group’s attitude toward the group” (150). To further this point, the book cites five applications of nonverbal communication behaviors: emblems, illustrators, affect display,...