Allegory Of The Wire

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It’s all in the game. Though these words belong to the nefarious Omar Little of HBO’s critically acclaimed “The Wire” and not Plato, they nonetheless remain relevant. If anything, “the game” is akin to Plato’s allegory of the cave and the shadows that it casts. That being said, I will make the argument that anyone who doesn’t play by the rules of the game or tries to alter it, much like the prisoner who sees the light and goes back to aid his fellow prisoners, will be rejected. The only means of retaining a livelihood in the context of the Wire and its characters is to remain in the cave and entertain the idea of the shadows being reality for just as the prisoners in the cave are disillusioned by the shadows they perceive to be reality, the …show more content…
I mean, that 's what I thought he meant. Like at the end of the book, you know, boats and tides and all. It 's like you can change up, right, you can say you somebody new, you can give yourself a whole new story. But, what came first is who you really are and what happened before is what really happened. And it don 't matter that some fool say he different cuz the only thing that make you different is what you really do, what you really go through. Like, ya know, like all them books in his library. He frontin with all them books, but if you pull one down off the shelf, ain 't none of the pages ever been opened. He got all them books, and he ain 't read near one of 'em. Gatsby, he was who he was, and he did what he did. And cuz he wasn 't ready to get real with the story, that shit caught up to him (“All Prologue” Season 2, Ep. …show more content…
In fact, of all the individuals involved in the game, no one makes more of a conscious effort to leave the cave than him. Very early on we can see him regularly attending a macroeconomics class at a local community college, something his criminal colleagues criticize him for. Unphased and grasping economic concepts like elasticity, he goes on to apply some of the things he learns in the class to the Barksdale crew’s criminal activities. He opens up a legitimate printing shop, using it as a segue from criminal enterprise to the business world. While Barksdale is incarcerated and without his knowledge, Bell even spearheads the New Day Co-Op - a democratic alliance of drug suppliers formed under the premise of promoting business and reducing violence. He views the game as a means to an end and realizes “there’s games beyond the fucking game”(“Reformation” Season 3, Ep. 10). Just like that, he’s well on his way out of the

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