One of my favorite shows is Mad Men, staring one of my favorite ladies man, Don Draper. Take note this article will contain spoilers from the Mad Men Series
Don Draper is a fictitious character born as Richard “Dick” Whitman in 1926. He is a heroic character of the television series Mad Men. He was brought up by his stepmother following the tragic death of his parents. He spent most of his childhood unhappy. Dick joined the military after which he came back with a new identity and lifestyle cutting any contacts with his family. He assumes the names Don Draper following the death of a lieutenant with similar names in the military.
Don has had a number of relationships with women in the entire television series. He is portrayed as a serial womanizer by having dated up to 15 women in the seasons 1-5 of Mad Men.
Season one and two have Don repeatedly cheating on his first wife, Betty, after having three children. Don appears to be running away from his wife by eluding emotional intimacy. His flight from Betty pushes him into affairs. He is involved with Midge and Rachel in season one. Bobby is an older woman whom Don has a relationship with in Mad Men season two. His womanizing habits hits peak in seasons three and four when he has a series of affairs with Suzzanne Farrel, a teacher, Megan, while still seeing Faye miller.
While he was young and just starting his career, someone like Betty was appropriate or him. She was a symbol of a ‘good wife’. More years into his career saw him lose interest in Betty. He cheats on his wife for sexual satisfaction and other reasons like personal vanity. Don then moves into a sequence of relationships which never lasted. The women actually care for Don. He only reciprocates the feeling for a short period before some other interests catch his attention.
Don continues to cheat on women because he does not respect the concept of love and has no rules in his life. His escapades with women show that he likes the domineering type of women. Don does not see his first wife, Betty as such making him cheat on her by looking elsewhere. His unhappy childhood had him abandoned and unloved as a child. He seeks relationship with different women at the same time in search of love and attention. Don’s relationship with Betty was only of use to him since she came at the right time to fill a void in his life.
With time, Don Harper’s needs and wants have changed. He shows interests in the women he has relationships with at one time but his interests change when he meets more desirable women. His needs in different types of women mature as the seasons progress.
Don Harper is quoted for saying, “one is born alone and you die alone…..I’m living like there is no tomorrow, because there isn’t one”. His lack of rules in living a responsible life is reflected in these words whereby he continues cheating on these women without considering their feelings.
Despite all his faults and lack of concern, he is a caring parent and takes his role as a father trying to protect his children from what he went through as a child.