Marlo Stanfield:
The Difference Between a Confident
Leader and a Cold-Hearted Killer
Kathryn Dillin
From "Mission Accomplished," 3.12 The Wire.
hen Marlo Stanfield commands his streets
and corners, he does so in a manner that
demands respect from all his henchmen.
Marlo instills fear in his henchmen and enemies with
his cold-hearted nature and conscience-free hits
(murders). The audience of The Wire is consistently
tempted to think of Marlo as one of the coldest
characters of the series, but he demonstrates a
subtlety and confidence that we, in fact, might identify
with and admire. Through his nonchalant aura and his
clear-cut personality, Marlo exemplifies that he has
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