Getting Out of the Hole:
The Journey of Reginald “Bubbles”
Emily Nedvidek
From "The Target," 1.01 The Wire
hroughout its five seasons, The Wire paints an
increasingly bleak picture of modern American
society. We see characters unable to break free
from the strictures of societal expectations and those
who succumb to the temptations and pressures of “The
Game.” Those that want to avoid The Game ultimately
fall prey to it, such as Duquan “Dukie” Weems, and
those who want to leave it are quickly punished, as in
the case of D’Angelo Barksdale. It seems that any
character who finds redemption is killed almost
immediately afterward, so moments that would be
promising instead become heart-wrenching. Neither
pawns nor queens are exempt from the rules of The
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