Preparation Read the script from your textbook again, and think of the following: • Describe the 12 jurors (&) • Argumentation & persuation • Crucial scenes in plot Presentation topic Juror selection 12 angry men Discussion topics • Legal system – Jury system as the focus • Movie – Characters – Argumentation • Values & norms (manners) Questions • Why is the movie named 12 angry men? • What can you tell about the 12 men? (How would you describe juror No.3’s behavior?) • What techniques of arguing have you learned? – What are the crucial evidences do the “guilty” side have? – What are the questions that are asked to challenge the evidences ( to prove whether the boy is guilty or not)? – How does the “not guilty” side build and support their case? – Language used to show (dis)agreement, to express opinions, etc.? • How do you understand and evaluate this jury system? (advantages & disadvantages) • Do you know anything about the legal system in China? (make a comparison) • What are the values cherished? Discussion • Can you summarize the “guilty” side’s arguments? • How did the two sides argue against each other? • Who did a better job? And why? (or: why did the “guilty” side lose?) • Are there any strong yet not well-developed arguments provided by the “guilty” side? • What do you think of the verdict of the jury (not guilty)? What if the boy did knife his father? Is there any better solution to it? • What does the verdict of the jury in the movie imply in terms of cultural values? • Are there any other details that have impressed you? • • • • • Jury 12 unanimous Reasonable doubt Hung jury • • • • • • • • • Knife Secret vote (2-9) Old man’s testimony (3-9) Why coming back (4-9) To the door in 15`` (6-6, rained) The boy’s condition (movie name) Stab wound (9-3) Woman’s testimony (8-4) Nose rubbing (11-1) Manners & values • • • • • • • Don’t leave when one is talking Wait for everyone to start Listen when someone is talking Respect old man Have the guts to do what you think is right Human life is valuable to everyone Try to keep private prejudice out (of a thing like this) Agreement & disagreement • I’m with you. • You can say that again. • I think the point has been made. • You made some excellent points, but I still believe … and I have two reasons. • • • • • I don’t go along with you. What are you talking about? What are you trying to give us here? Don’t tell me … I don’t know. • • • • • • • What does that have to do with … Come on! What’s the guessing game for? What are you getting at? Will you get to the point? What are you giving us here? Get to your point. What point are you making here? Movies mentioned • The Scarlet Circle • The Amazing Mrs. Bainbridge (Juror No.4) • The cat licks it up.
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