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Ziggy Sobatka:
The Inevitable Downfall of the Tragic
Jester
By
Laura Spurney
From "Duck and Cover," 2.08 The Wire
afael Alvarez describes Chester Karol “Ziggy”
Sobatka as “a doomed son of a son of a
stevedore raised for a world that is slowly
dying,” (156). Trapped between the confines of his
family identity as a dockworker and his ambition to
make money in an increasingly industrialized and
competitive economy, Ziggy turns to other professions
for the financial opportunities that the maritime trade
lacks during the second season of The Wire. Deficient
of any worldly experience outside of the docks, he
chooses the only other option that seems open to him:
drug dealing and smuggling. By joining “The Game,”
R
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