Time to Kill Essay

1296 Words Feb 11th, 2011 6 Pages
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Similarity one
12 Angry Men and a Time to Kill

The play, 12 Angry Men, and the film, A Time to Kill, have a similar theme. In 12 Angry Men, a Latino is accused of stabbing his father to death, where a guilty verdict would mean a death sentence. In A Time to Kill, a black man took the law into his own hands, killing two alleged rapists and the sentence for this man, if found guilty meant death in a gas chamber. The play and film both involve prejudice against two commonly accused minorities in America. All jurors were white and with the combination of racism it made it seem like injustice was certain. For example, Jake Brigance, the lawyer for Carl Lee filed for a change of venue. The reason for this was that he
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However, strong and emotional summation altered the verdict from guilty to innocent on the grounds of insanity.
Justice prevailed in both cases, another similarity. However, both cases showed how race has corrupted the minds of people and how deeply race can affect justice. No matter what people say, racial prejudices exist and will most likely forever exist, but in both cases, justice overruled injustice.

Similarity Two
12 Angry Men and I have a Dream

12 Angry Men and I have a Dream have the similarity of standing up for inequality before the law. King stood up for inequality in regards to race and how two separate kinds of law seemed to apply to whites and African Americans. In the film, the character that Juror 11, represented the young boy accused of murder , his idea of representing the disadvantage and less fortune is very analogous with Martin Luther king beliefs. s a refugee from Europe, Juror #11 has witnessed great injustices. That is why he is intent on administering justice as a jury member. He sometimes feels self-conscious about his foreign accent. He conveys a deep appreciation for democracy and America’s legal system.

Inequality and consequent injustice had different causes in the film and the speech. In the speech, King stated that inequality before the law was caused because of race. He stated that, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they

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