I've been a fan of [Breaking Bad](series:200567) for a while, but only recently did I find certain links between one of Shakespere's most popular plays and the hit TV show.
*Beware, may contain spoilers*
Okay, still here? Well the Shakespere play that Breaking Bad resembles to a crazy degree is Macbeth. The Tragedy of Macbeth follows the story of a noble warrior who is told by evil spirits that he will become king. The notion of becoming king takes over him and corrupts him completely. Next I'll name the main similarities:
Lady Macbeth - Skylar White
In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is a source of evil for Macbeth. She calls him "cowardly" and drives him to corruption until she realizes that she doesn't like the man Macbeth has become and eventually kills herself. Now I know Skylar doesn't kill herself, but she does eventually become scared of Walter. For anybody who has read Macbeth will know how similar these powerful female characters are.
2. Macbeth - Walter White
At the start of Breaking Bad Walter is a very morale and has common sense, like Macbeth at the start of the play. But when Macbeth is influenced by others around him and the incentives of power, he becomes greedy and power-hungry to the point of being drunk with power. Sound familiar? Heisenberg. Near the end of Breaking Bad, Walter was making the drugs for his own ego and respect the same way in Macbeth, Macbeth started killing people for no reason as king. They both became incredibly ruthless. Yet in both Macbeth and Walter White, we cant help but feel pity for the protagonists because we seen their development and eventual downfall. Macbeth is The King of Scotland whereas Walter White has a similar poster... (see below)
or what about this one..
I think the evidence is there. There's definitely similarities. What do you guys think? Is there many of you guys on MoviePilot who've both seen Breaking Bad and read Macbeth? If so, what do you think?..