Marcia Donnelly: Respected Leader Emerging
from a Unique Dichotomy
Katelyn VanderWeide
“Marcia Donnelly” from an episode of The Wire
he Wire captivates its viewers through its
surveillance of broken streets and
institutionalized systems of modern day
Baltimore. The show employs melodramatic
conventions and a realistic aesthetic in order to elicit
an emotional response through its deep analysis of the
self-perpetuating drug trade and rather nihilistic
elucidation of America’s established systems, such as
law enforcement and city politics. Because of this
combination, The Wire captivates an audience
differently than any other primetime television show,
encouraging consumers to be socially engaged
citizens rather than satisfied and passive (Klein 188).
Season Four of The Wire spotlights the education
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