Mad Men, a Drama that takes place in the 1950’s and 1960’s, depicts the lives of several prominent Madison Avenue Advertising Executives which people refer to as “Mad Men.” The protagonist, Donald Draper, often finds himself in the middle of moral and ethical controversies and dilemmas. Throughout the show, the audience follows Draper’s life through a war, a divorce, and a major career change.
In a recent episode of Mad Men, Draper discovers that one his colleagues, and friends, has been stealing money from the company and from himself specifically. Although Draper is extremely wealthy, he feels he can no longer trust the man and makes the decision to fire him. When the man apologized profusely and explains that he was having legal troubles and was to embarrassed to ask to borrow the money, Draper acted as his character often does, and fired the man irregardless. Later in the Episode, the man that Draper fired commits suicide. This act plagues Draper’s conscious for the rest of the season as he searches himself to see if his actions were morally correct.
In the Business world, more often than not, second chances are a thing of mythical legend. When an employee, even if it is a friend, commits a criminal act against the firm, the employee should be gracious that they are just being fired and not arrested. For Draper, however, with such serious consequences entailing the situation, he can not determine if his actions were right or wrong.
What duty do you owe a friend who betrays you? Can Draper blame himself for the outcome?
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