Rhetorical Analysis of Walter White Essay

1098 Words Feb 7th, 2013 5 Pages
Nick L’Italien
Ms. McClain
English 123
January 29, 2013
A Split Personality – Morals Against Corruption

With reality shows taking over airtime nowadays, psychological thrillers in television are a rare genre. Admittedly, it can be a tasking genre to develop a show around, but Vince Gilligan has managed to create, quite possibly one of the greatest shows ever, Breaking Bad. In the pilot episode, the audience was introduced to Walter White, a middle-aged high school Chemistry teacher. He sounds like an average, typical man, but he was introduced in the most peculiar way. Gilligan opened this award-winning show with Walter, underwear-clad, holding a pistol, next to a crashed R.V. in the middle of the desert. The audience questioned
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The newfound distributor turned out to be a sociopath, so in order to protect his identity Walter created the alias Heisenberg for himself. This was the point when Walter’s psychological health began decaying rapidly. Walter’s one wrong turn after another was taking a toll on him and his home life. He became the man he once hated, a man who his family could no longer trust. His time away from home living his secret life became extremely suspicious to his wife, Skylar. She knew about his cancer, but not of his life in the drug realm. In a very intense episode in which Walter was to meet up with this sociopathic distributor, everything takes a turn for the worst. The distributor takes him prisoner for almost 48 hours, and almost kills him. This obviously brought concern to his wife, who had no idea where Walter might be. Once everything had been resolved, Walter made a daring move to reappear miles away from home, naked, in a supermarket. He told his family, friends, and even doctors that “I blacked out. I don’t remember anything for the past 24 hours. These doctors have me on so many pills that it must be affecting me.” (Gilligan S2Ep3). This was the first of many lies Walter would produce in an attempt to hide his other life. With the deceit, his marriage began to decline because Skylar did not believe him. However, it was not because of his disappearance why she did not believe him. As Walter was going into a drug-induced sleep at the hospital after he