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For this week, we are watching the first episode of Breaking Bad, and apply elements of Anomie and Strain Theories to the plot of the episode. The series follows a “mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher Walter White[who] thinks his life can’t get much worse. His salary barely makes ends meet, a situation not likely to improve once his pregnant wife gives birth, and their teenage son is battling cerebral palsy. But Walter is dumbstruck when he learns he has terminal cancer. Realizing that his illness probably will ruin his family financially, Walter makes a desperate bid to earn as much money as he can in the time he has left by turning an old RV into a meth lab on wheels.” After watching the episode, please conduct a theoretical analysis of the episode as it relates to both Anomie and Strain Theories. Be sure to cite any relevant material and be concise in your analysis. The minimum word count for this post should be 700.
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Link to episode:
https://www.netflix.com/watch/70196252?trackId=13752289&tctx=0%2C0%2C85d9a6cd-f443-404e-9b1e-458c5e3b089a-19010520%2C%2C (Links to an external site.)