Mad Men: A Show About Advertisement
This Review has SPOILERS!
Created by director Matthew Weiner, the television drama “Mad Men” dominated television screens across the country. Running from 2007 to 2015, the show won four Golden Globes and 16 Emmys while simultaneously captivating audiences with its combination of a 1960s high life environment and it’s realistic and down to earth characters.
The show somewhat tackles the life lesson that oftentimes what we think will bring us a world of happiness rarely ever follows through. And from time to time, that mistake can make a dramatic change in our lives.
“If you don’t like what they’re saying about you, change the conversation” are the words Don Draper (John Hamm) shares from time to time with his coworkers. Draper appears to be an ad man in 1960s New York City, writing slogans for companies and coming up with ideas for commercials. Draper is viewed as a giant by his coworkers for his skills in the craft and his ability to live life on the edge with a calm demeanor. When he’s not buried in his work, smoking on the job, or drinking with his coworkers, he’s at home with his wife Betty (January Jones), and their children.
While Draper has a seemingly admirable life, deep down inside he holds a dark secret that could send his world crumbling down in a matter of seconds. Draper is hiding that prior to the Korean War, he was known as Dick Whitman, a poor orphan who lived on a farm and had seemingly no future. However, sometime during the war, he switched dog tags with a dead man in order to escape the war, adopting the life of Lieutenant Donald Draper.
Instead of being a poor orphan farm boy who had little to no future, Whitman saw a dark chance to escape the life of poverty by convincing the world he was dead and became one of the most respected men in the advertising industry. When Whitman didn’t like the way he saw himself, he “changed the conversation” by adopting a new life of wealth and optimism.
The seven-season show uses Don Draper to show the life lesson that oftentimes what we think will bring us happiness rarely follows through. Whitman went as far as stealing another man’s life in order to remold himself into what he imagines is a picture-perfect man. However,
However, throughout the series, he comes to find that it’s difficult to fulfill his life by simply switching characters.