July 26, 2010 by Post Team
Don Draper, (Los Angeles Times) — “What do you think the devil will look like if he is near? Nobody is going to take if you have a long tail and red, pointed. … He is attractive and pleasant and helpful and will get a job where influenced by a God-fearing great nation and will never do a bad thing … it only gradually lower standards, which are important. coax along only flash over substance. … And he get all those great women .
- Aaron Altman (Albert Brooks) in Broadcast News ”
The premiere of the fourth season of the AMC “Mad Men” opens on Sunday with a voice asking: “Who is Don Draper?
That is the question around which revolved the series, both literally and figuratively, since it began. When we met him, Don (Jon Hamm) had a nearly perfect aspect – the square jaw, that seem to know, how skillful driving and a woman a cigarette.
By now, of course, we know it’s not perfect, not even Don Draper. This is a false name, made by a colleague of Dick Whitman died in Korea. Dick was a restless soul, born of a young prostitute who died while having raised by people who equate morality with coldness. That he would flee this identity and make a career in advertising is brilliant social commentary – Don Draper, after all, the physical embodiment of the lap.
But in three years “Mad Men” Don is clearly not just a well kept Everyman trying to understand everything, or a symbol for those who have had to reinvent itself in a narrow and treacherous world, carved by fate and social convention. Not even the personification of a rolling country on the brink of revolution.
The answer is simpler than that: Don Draper is the devil.
While everyone has been sidetracked by vampires, werewolves tortured soul and loved, Don has been quietly taking over the world, a means of manipulation, the truth at once. Think about it. In the three years I’ve known him, Don Draper has made one thing that was not driven by rabid self-interest? Of course remained silent about Sal (Bryan BATT) be gay, but Don stepped forward and require no salt be fired? And yes, he did not condemn Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) when he figured she had a baby, but exactly how does it help? Telling him to nail down those emotions, keep your secrets secret and painful return to work. So they could continue to use his creativity underpaid.
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