Twelve Angry Men

Five Character Analysis

A young man whose youth shows in his timid nature. He quickly desires to vote not guilty, but only has the courage to do so when following Eight and Nine’s lead. He cowers under Three’s anger at him. Five grew up very poor, and he is sympathetic with the low economic background of the accused.

Five Quotes in Twelve Angry Men

The Twelve Angry Men quotes below are all either spoken by Five or refer to Five. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the The Dramatic Publishing Company edition of Twelve Angry Men published in 1983.
Act 1 Quotes

Five: I've lived in a slum all my life.

Ten: Oh, now wait a second!

Five: I used to play in a back yard that was filled with garbage. Maybe it still smells on me.

Foreman: Now let's be reasonable. There's nothing personal.

[Five stands up.]

Five: There is something personal!

Related Characters: Foreman (speaker), Five (speaker), Ten (speaker)
Page Number: 21
Explanation and Analysis:

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Act 3 Quotes

Five: …Anyone who’s ever used a switch knife would never have stabbed downward. You don’t handle a switch knife that way. You use it underhanded. [Illustrates.]
Eight: Then he couldn’t have made the kind of wound that killed his father.
Five: I suppose it’s conceivable that he could have made the wound, but it’s not likely, not if he had any experience with switch knives, and we know that the kid had a lot of experience with switch knives.

Related Characters: Five (speaker), Eight (speaker), Accused kid, Murdered father
Related Symbols: Switch knife
Page Number: 56
Explanation and Analysis:

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Five Character Timeline in Twelve Angry Men

The timeline below shows where the character Five appears in Twelve Angry Men. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1
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As the jurors enter, some go to the water cooler, Juror Five lights a pipe, and Juror Seven opens the window a bit wider, while still others... (full context)
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...He adds that he is, however, fine with the defendant—“that kid”—being locked up forever. Juror Five comments that he didn’t know that jury room doors are locked, and he’d never thought... (full context)
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...at the time of the murder, and Juror Three quickly jumps in to agree. Juror Five questions why the boy didn’t have a ticket stub for the movies, but Juror Eight... (full context)
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...says it’s not relevant why many criminals come from slums, which they all “know”. Juror Five responds by telling of growing up in a slum and playing in a place full... (full context)
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...and Juror Four both think it is a stupid question with an obvious answer. Juror Five looks around before answering that he’s not sure. (full context)
Act 2
Seven assumes that it was Five who changed his vote, and asks what it was that made him change. As Three... (full context)
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...a guilty man is released and sometimes an innocent man is accused. Three apologizes to Five saying that he didn't mean anything personal by his accusation that Five was the one... (full context)
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...jurors how long they think it takes an elevated train to pass a given point. Five guesses 10 or 12 seconds and Two agrees. Eight asks if anyone in the jury... (full context)
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...father. Ten says that the kid is not bright enough to consider such a risk. Five says that he would like to change his vote to “not guilty.” (full context)
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Four asks Five to explain why he's changed his vote. Five says that he thinks there is a... (full context)
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...know why the kid’s lawyer wouldn't have brought up the points that Eight has raised. Five says that lawyers can't think of everything. Seven, exasperated, asks whether, because of Eight, they... (full context)
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...is that Eight is the one who always wants to see exhibits from the trial. Five and Nine quickly add that they want to see this exhibit as well. (full context)
Act 3
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...where each juror stands. The Foreman, Three, Four, Seven, Ten, and Twelve vote guilty. Two, Five, Six, Eight, Nine, and Eleven vote not guilty. The vote is evenly split. (full context)
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...he's “sort of swinging back toward guilty.” Eleven says he is now in real doubt. Five says, “guilty. I was right the first time.” The vote is 9 to 3 in... (full context)
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...cries, “look out!” But Three stops the knife just shy of Eight's chest. Six and Five don't find it funny, although Three laughs. (full context)
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...Eight says that holding the knife overhand seems like an awkward way to handle it. Five suddenly exclaims that he has seen knife fights before in his community. “Far too many... (full context)
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Five says that a switch knife is always used underhanded, and that anyone who has used... (full context)
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...part of their natures and that they don't care about human life. As he speaks, Five gets up from the table and goes to the window, then Nine gets up and... (full context)