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 is a founding partner and the Creative Director at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Advertising Agency in Manhattan, NY (“Shut the Door. Have a Seat”). Prior to that position, he was the Director of the Creative Department at the Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency (“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”). He is regarded among his colleagues as the best to ever pitch copy. His true name is Richard “Dick” Whitman. He stole the identity of a dead officer during the Korean War.
If you want a short answer – At a personal level, Don Draper is a deeply flawed human being.
The symbolism in the show’s opening credits is quite telling. It starts off with Draper walking into his office, staring for a second at all his professional accomplishments. This is when things begin to fall apart. It pictures him falling; passing by pictures of many, many women. One of the last images is that of a family, with two children; a boy and a girl. His fall however doesn’t end with him crashing to the ground. It ends with him comfortably seated on a couch. Smoking another post coital cigarette. Rewind and repeat. That is essentially his life.
He lives a life that is practically devoid of any rules. He usually doesn’t take no for an answer. He wants what he wants and he does what he needs to do to get it. Damned be the possible repercussions of his actions.
Some of his quotes from the first episode are indicative of this. He doesn’t respect the concept of love and doesn’t believe that rules exist in general.
“You’re born alone and you die alone and this world just drops a bunch of rules on top of you to make you forget those facts, but I never forget. I’m living like there’s no tomorrow, because there isn’t one.”