Breaking Bad Analysis

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Vince Gilligan’s ‘Breaking Bad’ is a TV series about Walter White, a chemistry teacher, who starts cooking Methamphetamine to provide money for his family. In an interview with The New York Times, creator Vince Gilligan said the larger lesson of the series is that "actions have consequences". He elaborated on the show's philosophy: “If religion is a reaction of man, and nothing more, it seems to me that it represents a human desire for wrongdoers to be punished. I hate the idea of Idi Amin living in Saudi Arabia for the last 25 years of his life. That galls me to no end. I feel some sort of need for biblical atonement, or justice, or something. I like to believe there is some comeuppance, that karma kicks in at some point, even if it takes years or decades to happen. My girlfriend says this great thing that’s become my philosophy as well. 'I want to believe there's a heaven. But I can't not believe there's a hell.” The overarching theme of ‘Breaking Bad’ is “actions have consequences”. We are shown this theme through the clever employment of motifs such the damaged pink teddy bear, a reoccurring 8 symbol and

The damaged pink bear in the series symbolises "all the terrible grief that Walt has wrought upon his loved ones" and "the judgment of God”. The Pink Bear is damaged as Walter inadvertently helps cause the mid-air collision of two airplanes which kills many innocent civilians. The pink teddy bear is then revealed to have fallen out of one of the planes and into the White family's pool. Vince Gilligan called the plane accident an attempt to visualize all the damage that Walt has caused because of his actions.

A reoccurring symbol in the show is the number "8". 8 symbolizes eternity and self destruction. This relates to Breaking Bad on many levels. First of all, the clearly marked 8 bruise on Jesse's face indicates self destruction. The first person he kills on this show, innocent Gale, was the eighth person on the show to die as a result of Walt and Jesse's partnership. The sideways eight in the sky can be argued to stand for infinity. In one scene; Jesse, Gus and Mike are heading to Mexico to give the cartel Walt's recipe. Thus, the drug trade is never ending. There will be rises and falls of drug lords, new entrants, and deaths but it will continue to thrive.

Moral consequences
In an interview with The New York Times, creator Vince Gilligan said the larger lesson of the series is that "actions have consequences".[9] He elaborated on the show's philosophy: If religion is a reaction of man, and nothing more, it seems to me that it represents a human desire for wrongdoers to be punished. I hate the idea of Idi Amin living in Saudi Arabia for the last 25 years of his life. That galls me to no end. I feel some sort of need for biblical atonement, or justice, or something. I like to believe there is some comeuppance, that karma kicks in at some point, even if it takes years or decades to happen. My girlfriend says this great thing that’s become my philosophy as well. 'I want to believe there's a heaven. But I can't not believe there's a hell.' In a piece examining the show in comparison to The Sopranos, Mad Men and The Wire, Chuck Klosterman said that Breaking Bad is "built on the uncomfortable premise that there's an irrefutable difference between what's right and what's wrong, and it's the only one where the characters have real control over how they choose to live." Klosterman added that the central question of Breaking Bad is "What makes a man 'bad' — his actions, his motives, or his conscious decision to be a bad person?" Klosterman concluded that, in the world of Breaking Bad, "goodness and badness are simply complicated choices, no different than anything else."[4] Ross Douthat of The New York Times, in a response to Klosterman's piece, compared Breaking Bad and The Sopranos, stating that both series are "morality plays" that are "both interested in moral agency"....
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