Joan And Peggy Character Analysis

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Joan, though seemingly a bit more aggressive than Peggy at first, has to deal with her personal appearance, which immediately has most of the men pegging her as stupid, and getting stereotyped as just another pretty face. Joan also though (probably because she is more accustomed to it) seems to do a better job at dealing with her femininity than Peggy. She seems more self aware, even telling Peggy in the first episode that "if you make the right moves then you’ll live in the country-side and won’t have to work” (Episode 1). Peggy doesn’t get this though, because she isn’t aspiring to be a wife who stays at home and is looked after by a man. This comment though illustrates the ‘traditional’ roles being portrayed in the series, as women could only escape the female ridden “clerical” desk work by finding a man. Peggy though does get a dose of Joan’s protection over her distinction as being very attractive (despite Joan’s struggle to overcome it) when she tells Peggy she is “not much” in the area of attractiveness (Episode 1). In the fifth episode, Peggy seeks advice from Joan regarding what to tell Betty when she finds out that Don is seeing another woman, and Joan responds by…show more content…
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