Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2015

Document Type

Thesis

Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors

Department

English

First Advisor

Richelle Munkhoff

Second Advisor

Jane Garrity

Third Advisor

Janice Peck

Abstract

Located within this post-recessionary period, and arguably influenced by a masculinized neoliberalism, the television show, Breaking Bad, focuses on the transformation of high school chemistry teacher, Walter White, into the drug kingpin of the southwestern United States. Yet there is more to consider than just Walt’s transformation. Because the show is situated in this era that aims to revive the masculine narrative, the show restricts non-white, non-male characters. In that sense, this project pays close attention to the relationship between Walt and Skyler in order to reveal how the show is complicit in the revival of traditional, male-centric gender roles and, most importantly, how this neoliberalized masculine narrative commodifies the nuclear family, resulting in the self-actualization of the patriarch and the oppression of the other members.

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