Background A garage owner – “I got 3 garages of mine on pot while you’re talking” (pg. 18) From his personalities he is: conservative upbringing prejudice against all people who are not like himself BIGOT BRAIN
At the beginning of jury Before voting: “Great idea! Maybe we can get him elected senator.” (laughs) (pg. 3) “It’s those people! I’m telling’ you they let the kids run wild up there. Well, maybe it serves ‘em right.” (pg. 6) “We don’t owe him a thing. He got a fair trail…He’s lucky he got it.”
He’s reliance on the testimony of a witness when he had previously insisted that everyone of those witness’s ethnicity is a liar. He finds faults in mostly all those around him especially different race (Latino), financial class (rich and poor) or background (born in a slum)
During discussion He raises his voice and yells on top of his lungs => he wants to be noticed and listened to He didn’t help anything for the case but disturbing the other by his personal prejudice. Other jurors’ speech is all important and none of them should be silent expect the 10 th juror. Nothing is came from his mouth but racism and bigotry. In the end, other jurors’ disgusted by his undemocratic thought and turns their backs on him.
At the end of jury He changes his vote to “not guilty” “Yes, I think he’s guilty. But I couldn’t care less...”Not guilty”. Do whatever you want” (pg. 58) The reason is not because he’s convinced by juror 8 but he couldn’t deny the doubt of witness’s eyesight. Since the majority of jury vote for “not guilty”
His important quotes “The kids, who crawl outa those places are real trash. I don’t want any part of them. I’m telling you’ (pg. 12) “Bright? He’s a common, ignorant slob. He don’t even speak good English”(pg. 28) “ These people are born to lie… They don’t know what’s the truth is… They are different. They think different. They act different… They don’t need a big excuse to kill some one” (pg. 51)
“ They ’re very big drinkers” (pg. 51) “That’s how they are, by nature. Violent! Human life don’t mean as much to them as it does to us.”(pg. 52) “Family don’t mean anything to them. They breed like animals”(pg. 52) “ They ’re gonna breed us out of existence” (pg. 53)
Conclusion Juror 10 is the one who easily antagonized by the rest of the jury. He always segregate the world into “us” and “them” categories. His intelligence is slave to his bitter prejudice. From him the audience could find another side of justice system where prejudice is also present in it and form the cloud which hidden the facts and fairness of the trail.