Breaking Bad: cancerous motive

The motive is the key to the action of any character in a story. To make the whole story plausible and intriguing, the character should have a burning feeling of life and has to act in one way or another. The motive and the action make a unique person with whom we empathize and share the same feeling. Some universal themes include love, hatred, revenge, suffering and betrayal. It is easy to pick one of the universal theme but creating it into a wonderful and unforgettable story really requires inspiration, craftsmanship and building blocks.

The chemistry teacher in Breaking Bad has the following motives to suddenly shift his life and become a drug trafficker:

  • He is a teacher in high school and does not accomplish much in his life. Although he is obviously a competent and knowledgeable person, his teaching job does not give him the vibes of life, not to mention the payment.
  • To earn more money, he has to do physical labor in a car wash. Life is such that if you have no money, there is no funny.
  • Lung cancer. For a man over fifty, nothing but a deadly disease can galvanize this person to act. Suddenly he wants to live with a vengeance and do things he never dared to do before. One has to die anyway and why not attack life with some guts?

Breaking Bad (or BB for short) is a story about a desperate man trying to live a worthy life. Maybe it is a little late but he has to make the last struggle.

Other thoughts:

  • It feels real that he blocks the camera temporarily to hide his weeping when leaving a farewell message to his family.
  • A bad guy with a fierce beast (such a dog) always die miserably in the TV/Movie. A bad person with a snarling beast is doubly hateful.

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