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“As a single footstep on the earth will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.” Said Henry David Thoreau. I chose this quote because in Reginald Rose’s screen play 12 Angry Men, 12 men are faced with the difficult decision of deciding on a 19 year old boy’s fate- whether or not he will got to the electric chair for the murder of his own father- and while thinking about the verdict, they had to think over and over many of the facts, leaving a “mental math” of thoughts on the boys innocence or guilt. Juror #8, like Henry David Thoreau, had thought over the case and while doing so he came up with new information off of the facts given and convinced the other jurors while doing so, creating a “mental path” in each of their minds. Juror #8 stands alone against the...

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