12 Angry Men Analysis

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Mark Twain said,“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect”. Twain was an American author, and he was alive in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This quote portrays the theme of standing up to the majority. This theme was relevant in the 1800s, and it is also relevant now in 2018. Theme is transcendent idea that doesn't have a time limit, and it can’t be something that becomes outdated. Standing up to the majority was a very important theme to Mark Twain and it was also relevant in the play, 12 Angry Men and the Kalief Browder Story. Standing up to the majority is the most influential theme portrayed in 12 Angry Men and The Kalief Browder Story. The characters ability to stand up to the majority…show more content…
Kalief Browder was sent to Rikers Island off a petty crime charge at the age of 16. Although he was innocent, he was in prison for three years and two of them were spent in solitary confinement. Kalief was surrounded by gangs, and was bullied and abused by correctional officers.. Multiple times throughout his ordeal, Kalief stood up against many for what he thought was right. For example, Kalief was offered a plea deal, that stated: in exchange for a guilty plea, he would be let free and only charged with two misdemeanors. Kalief knew he was innocent and he didn’t want to be charged with anything, so he refused the deal and multiple others that were similar. Additionally, Kalief was told by many to “join the system”, in order to keep himself safe. This meant being a part of a gang or violence while in prison. Again, Kalief refused to join the majority. As a result of standing up the the masses. Kalief was able to remain true to himself, which was extremely important to him. When he was released from prison, he advocated to the media and to the public about what was wrong with our justice system.In the end, standing up to the majority, Kalief influenced many and changed many…show more content…
Standing up to the majority occurs both on a small scale and a large scale. On a small scale, bullying is very common throughout high school. On a large scale, Colin Kaepernick stood up for equality and for the minorities in our country. For example, bullying is a huge problem in society. People get bullied by the majority, and it can be hard to stand up against them. It is important to not be a bystander, and stand up for those who are bullied in a school setting. Also, in the NFL, former San Francisco’s quarterback, Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem to stand up for equal rights and the minorities in our country. He stood up for what he believed in society, and he didn’t let the majority sway his thoughts on the subject. Kaepernick stood against the media and the public to display his thoughts on equality, and what was going on in society today with minorities. Bullying is a very important topic in high school, and to stand up to bullying is to stand up to the majority. Kaepernick was very influential in our society because he stood up against the majority and for what he believed in. As a result of standing up to the majority, people are extremely influenced in our

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