Why did Breaking Bad use Ozymandias?

Why did Breaking Bad use Ozymandias?

The title "Ozymandias," like numerous previous Breaking Bad episodes, has a profound symbolic relevance to the tale of this chapter, as it refers to a highly renowned 19th century poem of the same name and the far more ancient historical character upon whom that work of literature was founded.

In the poem, Percy Bysshe Shelley imagines a city that will be remembered forever due to its monumental statue that stands in ruins. This image is used extensively in advertising today for companies who want to be remembered after they go out of business.

Shelley wrote his poem during a time when European imperialism was on the rise, so many of these themes are present in this piece. He also lived in Italy where they were having problems with immigration, so he may have been thinking about that when he wrote this line: "And all that we achieve will be forgotten, while Ozymandius' glistening statue remains."

Breaking Bad uses this same idea at the end of episode 7. After Walter White completes his final deal, he drives away but there's no mention made of him leaving prison or turning himself in. Instead, we see a shot of his car driving off into the distance while an excerpt from Shelley's poem plays in the background. It's suggested that he'll never be able to escape his fate.

This is similar to how I'm sure many people felt when Michael Jordan retired from basketball.

Who does the shattered visage in the poem Ozymandias belong to, and why is it half-sunk?

In the poem "Ozymandias," the fractured visage belongs to King Ozymandias. He wore a grimace on his face that represented his arrogant and dismissive demeanor. It was half-sunk due to the ravages of time, which spares no one, rich or poor.

Arrogant and distant, King Ozymandias possessed all the traits of a despotic ruler. He punished those who angered him by placing them in chains, where they remained until he decided to release them. This cruel practice made him very unpopular among his people. In fact, many fought against him in order to be released from their obligations.

Ozymandias also used his power to manipulate others into doing his dirty work. He ordered his soldiers to cast his statue in bronze so that nobody would attack his kingdom after he was gone. However, despite living in absolute luxury, Ozymandias knew he would not survive long once he became old and frail. He just wanted to make sure his people would still remember him when he was gone.

Here is an excerpt from the poem where the king describes his twisted face:

"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:

Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!

Nothing beside remains of the vast structure now

Why was Ozymandias a bad guy?

Ozymandias, as anybody who has read Watchmen knows, is a figure who conceived and launched a conspiracy to deceive the world's countries into cooperating. To do this, he staged a phony extraterrestrial invasion, killing millions. Ozymandias saves his planet but becomes a dreadful monster in the process. When he dies, his spirit goes on living within Dr. Manhattan, who then carries out the scheme anyway.

In other words, Ozymandias was evil. He was also crazy as hell.

Here's how the great Alan Moore describes him in the afterword to the novel: "Ozymandias was a traitor. His final act of treachery was to seek out and kill Mr. Veidt, the ultimate good man, so that he could use his weapon against America. But even so, I cannot say I hate him."

Now, obviously, not everybody who reads Watchmen thinks Ozymandias is a bad guy. There are actually two groups of readers: those who can't stand him because they think he's too evil, and others who like him because he's so interesting and complex. Personally, I find him to be an amazing character who has been very well-crafted by Moore. As far as I'm concerned, he's one of the best villains in comics history.

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