11th juror is a watchmaker and he’s German. Because he’s a watchmaker, he has attention to fine detail and is precise. He sticks to the facts and bases the evidence on facts. He’s one who has been taking notes throughout the whole case. On page 29, he says, “Pardon me, but I have made some notes here” and “I have been listening very closely” so that shows how much attention he pays and how he sticks to the facts. He has received prejudice and stereotyping for being German and is bullied by the other jurors.
On page 12 he says, “This sensitivity I understand” when the 5th juror reveals how he’s lived in a slum all his life. 11th juror relates to this because of the prejudice he’s received. 7th juror bullies him on page 44 when he says, “I’ll knock his goddamn Middle European head off” and “they’re all alike” referring to the Germans. 11th juror remains calm and polite and says “Please, please. It doesn’t matter. ” This shows how he is different from the other jurors and does not bully back. He tries to get his opinion across but many times is cut off by jurors.
On page 20 he says, “Please I would like to say something here” but doesn’t say what he thinks until page 29 when he presents good arguments. He says, “Why would he come back three hours later? ” and “But if he knew the knife could be identified, why did he leave it there in the first place? ” Now somebody other than juror 8 is presenting the facts and this also supports how he has attention to fine detail. He starts to change his mind on this page when he believes they should go deeper.
By the third vote on page 31, he changes his vote to not guilty hesitantly. He may not want to be ridiculed by others and that’s why he “slowly raises his hand”. He stands up to juror 7 on page 50 and says, “You have no right to play like that with a man’s life” and “If you want to vote not guilty, then do it because you’re convinced the man is not guilty – not because you’ve had enough” He has had enough of juror 7’s lack of principle and is finally standing up to him. He may have also had enough of his bullying and racism.
He starts to be like the 8th juror when he keeps asking questions asking why juror 7 voted not guilty. The 11th juror also is very patriotic and has a devotion to the country. An example of this is on page 39 where he says, “This, I have always thought, is a remarkable thing about democracy. ” He has a deep appreciation for democracy and America’s legal system, which is strange seeing as he is German. He is also quick to correct the other jurors when they get their facts or grammar wrong.
On page 11 he says, “It was eight o’ clock. Not seven” and on page 28, “He doesn’t even speak good English” contradicting juror 10. Rose may want the viewers to feel sympathy for him because of how he’s German and he’s different to the others jurors. The way in which he gets bullied, cut off and yelled at makes the viewers feel sorry for him. His role was not big, but he cast doubt among the people who testified against the boy and as he has witnessed great injustices, he brings justice as a jury member.