Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Two Perspectives on Walter White

Ross Douthat - a socon piece that echoes many of the criticisms made by a feminist.
Jef Costello, who refers to Jack Donovan's The Way of Men.

Is Walter White an appealing protagonist to male viewers? Is he "amoral" or "immoral"? Is he good being a man, despite not being a good man? Does that explain his appeal to male viewers, who are tired of a culture and society that emasculates them? If so, the solution is not to demand that they submit to further emasculation (e.g. subscribing to PC groupthink). What of group loyalty and participation? (There is no group, really, except for Walter White and himself, though he does treat Jesse like a son.)

Maybe Walter White's story can be understood as a tragedy; someone who used what is naturally good (his masculinity) for bad ends - even though his becoming a "real man" was through immoral acts. Then again, I don't think I can fully sympathize with those who are cheering Walter White as some sort of [anti-]hero because he does his own thing.

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