Daddy Draper: Mad Men’s Biggest Mystery

kim kardashian

Don Draper—or shall we say Dick Whitman— is the epitome of success (well, in the mind of a guy). He has it all: an amazing job (most of the time), a hot wife, and the perfect kids. But even the luckiest men have their flaws. Besides the fact that Draper is living under an alter ego (hello Dick), he also happens to have an extremely difficult time staying loyal to the women in his life. When he cheated on Betty, we were admittedly skeptical, but went along with it because, let’s face it, Betty is a whiny blonde housewife.

When Megan came into the picture, we assumed Draper had changed his ways. Megan was his true love, and how could he possibly cheat on her? Once again, Draper surprised all of us (but not really) at the end of the season six premier when he crawls into bed with his neighbor, who just happens to be the wife of his good friend. Draper even goes so far as to go back to Betty for a night later in season six, and crashes down to rock bottom when Sally—his daughter—walks in on him and said neighbor (shield your eyes).

Draper is clearly the embodiment of the stereotypical guy. He doesn’t seem to able to control his testosterone levels no matter how hard he tries—or doesn’t try—to make his relationships work. The fact that he isn’t actually who he appears to be may have something to do with his inability to keep his life in order. His mysterious demeanor, and lack of actual dialogue make him almost impossible to read. One thing, however, is clear: Draper, similar to many other men in this world, cares about only one person, himself. Although handsome enough to make women swoon and dripping in money, Draper lacks something that trumps each of those shallow traits: a personality. While money and looks may be part of the perfect package, Draper’s lack of emotion towards the people in his life (besides his fake wife—yeah, makes a lot of sense) makes him a terrible father and an even worse husband. Don’t worry too much Betty and Megan, you are better off without him.

Photo Credit: Don Draper (Jon Hamm) Via AMC


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