June 7, 2019

Why Mad Men’s Betty Draper is the Perfect Example of a Tragic Character

Take a look at how AMC’s iconic TV show “Mad Men” approaches the tragic arc of one of its primary players, Betty Draper, and how you can apply it to your work.

[WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Mad Men and Game of Thrones]

You’ve followed No Film School’s guide to character development. You’ve checked out the Captivating Characters infographic. You’re ready to sit down and create a character out of thin air. Only thing is, you want to break the mold—no happy endings for this guy or gal. Congratulations! You’re writing a tragic character.

But what is a tragic character?

This video from The Take takes a deep dive into what it takes to write a tragic character through a character study of Mad Men’s Betty Draper, played by January Jones. Check it out below:

Let’s take a look at what we can learn from this video:

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