Semiotic analyses of a tv show

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Conduct a semiotic analysis of a television program. Your analysis must consider both the series as a whole and a particular episode, analyzing its plots and details. Your paper should contain a brief critical summary of the plot of the episode you choose, but should not substitute plot summary for semiotic analysis (1 page maximum for the critical summary).

Follow the semiotic method we have been using in class (See handout on Canvas). Here are some specific questions that you should consider:

• Analyze the significance of characterization and the situations of the episode.

• Consider such details as the use of race and gender in the series, as well as social class.

• Does the episode reflect, metaphorically or directly, any current social issues and/or controversies?

• You must also consider the genre of the television system that the show you choose belongs to (i.e., sitcom, dramatic series, comedy, dramedy, action/adventure, fantasy, sci-fi, and so on), as well as some other programs with which it can be associated and differentiated in a semiotic system. How is it like such shows? How is it different? Are the differences significant? What does the series tell us about its audience?

Requirements: 3 pages minimum

• Your paper must cite at least 2 sources (Wikipedia is NOT an acceptable source).

• Use proper MLA or Chicago citations. Use online guides for assistance.

• Devise a title for your paper that alerts the reader to your topic.

• Do NOT include a title page!

• Please include a works cited page. This does NOT count toward the length of the paper.

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Surname 1
Professor’s Name
Semiotic Analysis of a Television Program Called Breaking Bad
Paradigms, opposition, codes confusion among many others feature in developing a
semiotic analysis. The television analysis to be addressed is called ‘Breaking bad’ that aired on
AMC. It is in the genre of ne0-western crime drama series. The series covers the story of a
struggling high school teacher who turns into a life of crime after being diagnosed with lung
cancer. The chemistry teacher called Walter produces and sells crystalized methamphetamine in
partnership with his former student called Jesse.
The main man of the act in this series is Walter White. The episode used during this
analysis is episode two. The episode is named “the cat is in the bag.” Walter and Jesse are
involved in one a drug deal that does not go as expected. It is their first deal that causes the death
of a prisoner, and they have to deal with the corpse (IMDb, n.d). Walter’s wife named Skyler is
puzzled by her husband’s behavior. Her suspicions lead to her snooping around as well as
confronting Walter. Walter lies to her that Jesse is selling him marijuana. Skyler confronts Jesse
about the issue as she is convinced without verifying the truth. The ‘cat is in the bag’ refers to the
incident where Walter’s wife trusts the words of his husband even without solid proof that his
husband is abusing marijuana. Though the suspicions are true, she is not able to forge ahead to
get the right truth out of Walter. The day ends badly for Jesse after he ignores a series of specific
instructions given by Walter on how to dispose of a body.

Surname 2
The title ‘breaking bad” is a southern colloquialism meaning to turn towards crimes. The
show is cast in Mexico, and the title also means raise to hell. The color green on the title
symbolizes biology used in committing the crimes. Walter and Jesse use their chemistry skills to
create chemical weapons. In a semiotic analysis, it is important to consider codes. The codes
illustrated in this episode are between good and evil (IMDb, n.d). Even though Walter is
suffering from...

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