The concept of ‘truth’ versus ‘perception’ can be observed in nearly all aspects of life. What is the truth these days; in newspaper articles, current affair shows or stories that a friend is telling you, is it truth or is it a version of the truth? The complexities inherent in this concept of ‘truth’ versus ‘perception’ will be discussed in relation to two texts; “Twelve Angry Men” by Reginald Rose, and,. Perception Vs Reality by Amit Sodha What is the key difference between ‘truth’ and ‘perception’, and which is more important?
The truth is the reality of the fact while perception is the truth relative to oneself.
The mind, the nature of the human being is different to everyone else’s. Everyone has lived different lives; experiencing different passions, interests, suffering and possessing different capabilities in knowledge. People are also brought up in different ways, belonging to different cultures and religions. This display of factors is what makes us who we are, affecting and contributing to our views and perspectives.
When contemplating the ‘truth’, it is filtered through a wide variety of experiences, knowledge and emotions, resulting in ones perception.
For example, an orange is orange, which is the truth. If you look at it through green glasses, it will appear green but the truth is that the orange remains orange. Perception is like the green glasses, filtering the truth relative to the person that is perceiving it. Twelve Angry Men is a really intriguing text that is clearly evident of the notion of truth and perception. It is about young boy on trial for the supposed murder of his aggressive father. The jurors have passed where
evidence is laid out, exhibits shown, witnesses are heard, statements of the plaintiff and the accused are given, and the twelve jurors watch and listen attentively. Now, it is the job of the jury to reach a verdict as a whole; twelve to nothing vote either way, guilty or innocent. Twelve Angry Men highlights the importance of seeing things from more than one perspective. Twelve Angry Men is a play concerning 12 jury men who experience the difficulties of coming to a unanimous decision of murder .
In this case the importance of seeing things from more than one perspective is relevant as a young boy’s life hangs in the balance. Through highlights this through Juror 3 and 10’s narrow minded views and the ways in which they must be persuaded. Also it is seen by Juror 8, who feels it only right to have each side of the story broken down and discussed thoroughly. Rose uses Juror 3 to show that certain jurors are wrong and that if they are not open minded and put their personal prejudices aside they are bound to behave unacceptably and be viewed negatively.
Juror 3’s biases and stubbornness to be able to see things from the eyes of others really restricts him from doing justice and giving the boy the trial he deserves as does every human. Because of Juror 3’s aggressive and stubborn nature he is unable to see that the defendant and his son are two different people and the importance of the trial and what it will mean to the 16 year old boy if found guilty. He thinks he is doing the world good by getting rid of one of ‘them’ therefore cloudiness his vision and making it impossible to do justice where ones sees the truth differently through their experiencing which than confuses the truth, and in case of the law it will be unfair and a innocent death could have occurred.
In the article of Perception Vs Reality by Amit Sodha it statues how Putting Things Into Context, Choosing Your Perception, Skewed Perceptions are faced by individuals in which we have the power to choose to responded and the power of choosing your truth in reality. Therefore even without knowing all of us are faced with obstacles which are known as the truth the way ones foreseen it is the perception which there can interprate into their lives, that means it build their emotion,morals and ethics.