2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

"Buyout": A Marxist critique of AMC's Breaking Bad
Jared W. McNett
Dr. Mark Smith, Faculty Mentor

Using Daniel Chandlers perspective of Marxist media theory, this paper will examine Breaking Bad, the award-winning AMC cable television network series. Bryan Cranston stars as chemistry teacher Walter White who, after being diagnosed with cancer, turns to cooking crystal-meth to leave money for his family. Seasons 3 and 4 of Breaking Bad make for fascinating texts to analyze from a critical Marxist perspective because of the shows treatment of the disenfranchised proletariat attempting to make sense of the bourgeoisie-burdened society in which they inhabit. In Breaking Bad, the battle between bourgeoisie and proletariat is never ending and sides are determined by the flip of a shiny silver coin.

Keywords: Marxist Criticism, Breaking Bad, Daniel Chandler


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 407-3
Location: MG 1000
Time: 3:00

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