Bodie – A True Soldier In The Wire
Character’s Role: Bodie (legally Preston Broadus) is a dealer in The Wire who is initially in Avon Barksdale’s organization. Bodie was the #2 in the Pit under D Barksdale and afterward went independent.
Bodie was reared by his grandmother and first entered the game at 13 years old at which time he began working with Barksdale’s people.
He lives by the code of a soldier in the game and in that he has a sense of honor. He follows instructions from Stringer and Avon (already the hard ones directed at his friends), he doesn’t snitch, and he works hard trying to slowly go from a pawn to a queen (chess reference).
He is smart – managing to claim entrapment to evade time in prison near the end of season 1, and he’s got a whole lot of pride and heart – deciding not to leave his corner already as Chris Partlow and Snoop Pearson (the coldest murderers in the series) are baring down on him. As Jimmy McNulty says, he’s a “true soldier.”
Played By: J.D. Williams
Seasons: Bodie is in seasons 1 – 4.
Best Scene: In the first season, Wallace and Bodie are playing checkers with pieces from a chess set and D teaches them how to play chess. He casts the different pieces of the set as players in the game, and Bodie, seeming to grasp how chess works, says to D’Angelo, “A’ight, so if I make it to the other end, I win.”, referring to the possible for a pawn to become a powerful queen (or in this case, for Bodie to become Stringer). It is clear that Bodie wants to make something of himself, but regrettably for him, the drug game is much more like how D describes it, “the pawns, man, in the game, they get capped quick.”
My Favorite Quote: “I feel old. I been out there since I was 13. I ain’t never f****** up a count, never stole off a package, never did some bleep that I wasn’t told to do. But what come back?… This game is rigged man – be like them little b****** on the chess board.” Here is the real Bodie. He’s a soldier, faithful to his people, and prepared to do what must be done; but unfortunately, it is as D’Angelo says – the pawns do not make it very far without getting capped.
Foil or Enemy: Bodie’s friend Wallace. Bodie’s tougher persona, his older spirit (some might already say his maturity), and his ready to do what it takes mindset are countered by the youth of Wallace, his baby confront, his moral dilemmas with his occupation, and his without of steadfastness when it comes to playing the drug game.
basic examination: (see examination above)