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The rebirth of tragedy

The television show The Wire resurrects the classical Greek vision: some conflicts are beyond resolution

By John Gray   June 2012

The Wire is unsettling because it presents “doomed and fated protagonists who confront a rigged game and their own mortality”

When asked earlier this year which of the characters in The Wire was his favourite, President Obama chose Omar Little, a shotgun-wielding gay man who makes a living by robbing drug dealers. Holding to a code that bars any assault on people not directly involved in crime, Omar testifies to the persistence of a kind of honour in the struggle for urban survival. A politician whose career has been founded on projecting an inspirational image, it is not surprising that…

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