Sin Theme In Breaking Bad

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We are all sinners. Although humans might try not to sin, they eventually give in at one point or another. While some people are unable to avoid destiny, the power of free-will allows them to decide how they will respond to sin. Some people tend to respond with guilt and regret, while others have no sign of remorse on their face. Vince Gilligan, an American producer and director, created the drama series Breaking Bad. His television show expresses the idea of sin by exposing the follies of mankind and the detrimental effects of sin through Walter and Jesse. Utilizing plot, Gilligan conveys, through these characters, the power of how an individual’s response to sin can gradually destroy a person. The theme of sin motivates the evil deeds of …show more content…
When it all begins, Walter forces Jesse to partner up with him to make meth. Jesse does not partner up with Walter willingly; only after he threatens to turn Jesse in, is when he decides to comply. Walter’s desperation is evident here – this is his only option for fast cash. Walter pressurizes laundromat employees to clean his chemistry lab while he sits and watches them work. Eventually, he gets these women deported back to Honduras and pretends as if he is not at fault (Faktorovich n.p.). When Walter is working for Gustavo, he no longer needs Jesse as a partner. After paying him his last salary, Walter casually kicks Jesse out of the business, and refuses to help him when he is broke and homeless. They begin to work together again, but that’s only because Walter decides to cook again. Jesse has no say in this. Walter’s desperation and act of self-defense causes him to lock Emilio and Krazy 8 in the RV with poison gas. When Krazy 8 survives the poison gas, Walter attempts to stab him and finally strangles him to death; this is still an act of self-defense (Faktorovich n.p.). Walter kills Gustavo with a bomb at a nursing home. This decision portrays Walter’s lack of morality. Finally, Walter begins to kill because he merely feels like it. It is not an act of self-defense anymore. Walter shoots Mike out of pure ego (Segal n.p.). One of the worst murders committed on the show is the murder of Gale, but instead of killing Gale on his own, Walter forces Jesse to commit this sin. During the period of self-loathing in Jesse’s life, he expresses many sins, but since he hates himself, he, therefore, cannot feel

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