12 Angry Men vs. to Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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12 Angry Men and To Kill A Mockingbird both have independent and powerful main characters that have their own ways with words. Davis (12 Angry Men) and Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird) both persuade humanity with solid, truthful, and wise examples to explain a point they are trying to get across. Mr. Davis’s purpose in 12 Angry Men is building an overall consensus. Mr. Davis does not give up on his independence when he sees that he is the only one standing for the boy’s innocence. He continues to push for agreement throughout the duration of the movie.

Davis’s strong words trickle down onto the other jurors and they are then moved significantly by Mr. Davis’s speeches. All the jurors except Juror #5 and Juror #3 are astounded by Davis’s short, powerful speech of how no one can truly be sure of the boy’s innocence despite the evidence or noticeable facts. Davis establishes effective and persuading communication to express his thoughts. Mr. Davis knows it is important in order to change the surrounding area by his own thoughts. Davis is not afraid of speaking and keeps complete eye contact with other jurors throughout his speeches.

Anytime he feels he needs to say something, he goes ahead and says it. The other jurors are either afraid of speaking or do not know the right time to say it. Davis says what he says and does not regret it. He makes the other jurors listen and he is thought about and is considered as a just and balanced person with these facts. He also tries multiple ways to address each juror’s doubts or beliefs so he is flexible in his approach. He seems to know how to speak to each juror individually to get them to open up and re-think what they believe.

The last way Mr. Davis is effective at being heard and taken into account is because he does not hurt anyone’s feelings. The second oldest looking juror goes on a rant about how the boy who murdered his father is corrupted and is a highly dangerous person, insulting some jurors and making partially racist remarks while exclaiming it. All jurors except two others stand up, walk to a corner or window, and ignore him. He is ineffective because he blurts out senseless information and is mean and hurtful about it too.

He uses multiple strategies to get what he wants and in the end he turns everyone around to truly believe that the kid is innocent. Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird knows how to be an effective speaker by defending what he says, as does Mr. Davis. The worst thing Atticus did was hesitate slightly at times during the court case, but he was able to overcome that fault. Atticus is a tall, strong and intimidating person. He makes sure the strength of his words determine their effect on the listeners. The way Mr. Finch speaks tells a lot about his personality and himself.

When he speaks, he makes sure the people listening do not know more than what he says. When he does not want others to know more, he does not let them. That is the strongest way to change the minds of others, controlling the amount they know from listening to you. Atticus expresses exactly what he means to say. Atticus makes sure to speak clearly and he can avoid making mistakes or misunderstandings. Atticus’ intelligence, strength, and security allows him to literally change the world around him. He uses a single strategy of using his mind and very direct style to get what he wants.

However, another person that is able to change others action and views upon others is Mr. Sanchez. At Oratory Mr. Sanchez is a person that everyone looks up to and admires. He keeps Oratory the way it is by following specific instructions when told, and by getting it done fast, well, and without speaking a single word, or very few words. Mr Sanchez makes good use of the few words he says though. He is a man who communicates by saying few words but when he does talk, he has the most impact by choosing his words carefully.

He seems to believe that less is more and that’s how he talks. He ensures that people listen on the bus to and from the train station. He has his own way to make people listen and not interrupt him when it is not their turn to speak. Mr. Sanchez knows that people from Oratory will surely learn from him and when a window on the bus is open he says “Close the window. ” He does not shout, or scream, or say anything else. Mr. Sanchez’s simplicity makes people listen and follow by the few words he speaks.

People come to respect that he is a strong man that does not need to ramble on and on for a reason. Mr. Sanchez says what, and only what is necessary to say and pays attention to if people listen and follow. If someone does not follow his request, they are the close-minded people that resemble the racist people of Maycomb County and the selfish, personal juror who has the horrible relationship with his son. The way Mr. Sanchez speaks and the results he gets makes me realize that he is one of the most effective speakers I have heard to this date.

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