What kinds of roles were played by individual group members and how did they significantly hinder or help group operation?

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All 12 of the jurors are described as having individual traits which contribute to the dynamic of the group.  Some members are more forceful and instrumental in influencing the opinions of others. 

Foreman  consumed with the power he has, being in charge. He eventually switches his vote after several rounds of voting guilty.

Juror 2  is a meek man who has a hard time maintaining his opinion, he is easily influenced.

Juror 3  is a forceful man who tries to bully everyone into voting guilty without any discussion.

Juror 4  is a professional man who never removes his suit jacket.  He appears confident and sure of his vote.  However, he is made to realize that memory can be faulty.

Juror 5 is very meek, frightened by the proceedings.  Finds it hard to speak, but changes his vote early in the discussions.

Juror 6  is a working man, a laborer who uses his hands well rather than his brain, eventually changes his vote.

Juror 7  Salesman, doesn't care about the discussions, assumes the defendant is guilty.

Juror 8  quiet man, concerned that justice be served, also a natural leader.  Leads much better than the Foreman

Juror 9  an elderly man, who is first to change his vote to not guilty.

Juror 10  Very angry bitter man, who is very prejudiced against the defendant.

Juror 11  an immigrant, a refugee from persecution and takes his role very seriously.

Juror 12  works in advertising and sees people as statistics.

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