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Persuasive Essay- 12 Angry Men

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Introduction

Conflict and Change Conflict is a form of argument created by the opposition of needs, values and interests. A conflict can be internal, within oneself or external, between two or more people. Social change is a general term which refers to any event or action that affects a group of individuals who have shared the same values or characteristics. Not all conflicts are serious, threatening, or scary in the same way. They do not all result in a competition and don't always have to end with someone winning and someone losing. At times, conflict can be healthy. A specific amount of healthy conflict or tension is needed for our social change. Conflict is a healthy way of bringing about social change because it brings out differences, it encourages people to state how they feel, and it motivates people because they have been open to new ideas and ways of thinking. A large amount of people tend to view conflict as a negative force working against the successful accomplishments of a group or community goal. ...read more.

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However he properly explained that the case for the defense may be more credible. The rest of the jurymen believed that the boy was guilty based on his records and the testimonies they heard at court. From this difference in opinion, reasons for both possibilities, guilty or not guilty, were discussed. This discussion questioned the ideas and inputs of the jurors. Conflict encourages people and helps them take responsibility for stating how they feel. Situations that are upsetting and share feelings can help people learn more about each other. They learn about each other's strengths and weaknesses. What they learn can bring them closer together and as a result encourage them to state how they feel too. Evidence from the court case to support this comes after the conflict of argument between Juror Seven and Juror Eleven over the term reasonable doubt. The Foreman stopped the argument and asked the jurymen if they had anything constructive to say. Juror Two who hadn't said a word whilst in the jury room finally obtains the confidence and courage to let out his thoughts and feelings about the defendant. ...read more.

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Evidence from the court case to support this is when Juror Five discounted the testimony of the switch-knife. Juror Seven, who hadn't had a true opinion throughout the entire jury case and desperately wanted to go home, was convinced that the defendant is innocent and changed his vote to not guilty. For the reason that he kept quiet and was open for what others had to say, he came up with new thoughts and was able to create an actual opinion. In conclusion, conflict is a healthy way of bringing about social change. It does this by bringing differences of opinions out into the open so they can be talked about, by encouraging people to state how they feel, and by motivating and inspiring people because they have been open to new ideas and ways of thinking other than their own. When you are in the middle of opposing or observing conflict, don't always look at it to be unhealthy, damaging and a waste of time. This is because a particular amount of conflict or tension is required for our social change. For this reason, looking at conflict negatively will impact on the outcome of our social change. ...read more.

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