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mad men – don draper


This trailer for AMC’s Mad Men highlights the show’s lead character, Don Draper. He is depicted as a man in control, successful, and handsome. In many ways, he is an idealized portrait of the white American man in the prime of his life during his 1960s era.


What are the key masculine characteristics that are exhibited by Don Draper? How does Draper’s age, in particular, influence his capability to reflect these key characteristics? That is, would an older or younger man be able to be characterized in the same ways?

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