Breaking White: An Introduction to Breaking Bad
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Breaking Bad is the most challenging and insightful show on television. Now, after four and a half seasons, fans of the groundbreaking AMC series finally have a companion book for the program that has captured their imaginations. Pearson Moore’s Breaking White digs deep to reveal the underlying meaning of Walter White, “white” as a symbol, and the major characters, events, and scenes of the first season of Breaking Bad. Applying the same intense scrutiny and no-holds-barred analysis that has gained him tens of thousands of followers worldwide, Moore probes the hidden significance of the iconic images of the first season: the 50th birthday veggie bacon, Walter’s “tighty-whitey” underwear, the broken yellow ceramic plate, and, of course, Walter’s methamphetamine. Moore shines a bright light not only on Walter, but on Jesse, Skyler, and Heisenberg, their relationships with each other, and their complicated place in the Breaking Bad universe.
With a lifetime of laboratory expertise in synthesis, crystallization, and pharmaceutical development, as well as several years of experience teaching high school chemistry, Moore has almost exactly the same pre-Heisenberg résumé as Walter White. Fans of Breaking Bad are in for a rare treat as they explore the full depth of Breaking Bad with one of the world’s leading experts in crystallization. Enjoy the ride!
But I prefer to see it as the study of change. Now just think about this. Electrons, they change their energy levels. Molecules: molecules change their bonds. Elements: they combine and change into compounds. Well, that’s all of life, right? Envisioning chemistry as the study of change is the natural bias of Breaking Bad. Walter White, after all, must eventually be transformed from Mr. Chips (or Walter Mitty or Francis Macomber) into Scarface. But designating chemistry as the study of change
their human body discussion in the empty classroom. Thanks to selective editing, we viewer-participants suffer no such limitations. The guiding force of Walter’s life, his deference to the law of logic, was the aspect of his character that drove him away from Gretchen. She, in her open-minded appeal to Walter’s spiritual essence, was willing to forgive his lack of spiritual self-knowledge. Walter, on the other hand, had to leave her, because he could not subscribe to any notion of spirituality.
Literary Periodicity Breaking White ends with the chapter titled He, for Heisenberg. Probably you have figured out that each season of Breaking Bad corresponds to a period in the periodic table of the elements in my full-series companion book, Breaking Blue. So, Season One is given Period One, spanning hydrogen to helium, Season Two is given Period Two, from lithium to neon, and so on. Some of you have already started looking for a chemical element with the symbol ‘D’ and have come up
important aspect of this scene to me, as I attempt to identify a rationale for Walter’s later decisions, is that the celebration of Hank’s success, and the revelation of Walter’s lust for easy money, occurs a full day before Walter learns of his medical condition. Resignation or Resolve Thumbs Up Pfc. Shawn Williams, seriously injured by an IED, gives the Thumbs Up sign Kandahar Province, Afghanistan Lt. J. G. Haraz Ghanbari, U.S. Navy, 17 June 2011, PD I hope no one reading
whose range of life choices never included boring options, and whose story exuded only darkness and psychological pain. I believe The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber is the most natural starting point for a contemplation of the origins of Walter White. Ernest Hemingway’s Francis Macomber Ernest Hemingway, Paris, 1924 Unknown photographer, 1924, PD Ernest Hemingway considered himself among the “Lost Generation” (la génération perdue)—those of the age who had fought in the