Death of Marilyn Monroe

Kiara Burnell

Who, What, When, Where, Why

Marilyn Monroe was an iconic woman whose tragic death affected millions of people and made an impact for generations after hers. She was found lying on her bed without clothes by her housekeeper. The year was 1962 and bottles of sleeping pills were found near her bed. She was always afraid that she would lose her sanity like her mother.
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Perspective 1

One way that the media portrayed Monroe's death was a theory that the doctor who prescribed the pills to her was what ultimately led to her overdose. This video shows evidence that Marilyn was suffering from depression and bipolar disorder for quiet a while. This would explain her erratic mood swings and behavior during the filming of her movies. "Dr Hyman Engelberg, her personal physician, of ‘signing her death sentence’ by prescribing a lethal cocktail of sleeping pills"(Creighton, 2015, 1).
Dr Hyman Engelberg Interviewed About Marilyn Monroe's Death

Perspective 2

The other perspective is one that is portrayed by directors who has not paid any attention to the who Marilyn was off screen since they only focused on her onscreen persona. Marilyn suffered from depression that stemmed from being abused at a young age. To block out this pain she went into acting- playing different characters to mask fear shes always felt. It was apparent from the beginning that she would have troubles from relationships to her acting career and well into her personal life. She was a little girl who thought that she needed to grow up fast and be what everyone else thought she should be-look- and act like but it was not necessary. The directors should have seen that she was in trouble and fighting a battle within herself that was only fueled by their demands to make the movie perfect. The directors were blinded and did not see until it was too late.
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Media Bias

The media has a certain bias for being hypocritical. In almost every article I read the media portrayed her as this girl who has a need for attention and affection as well as, this wonderful actress, but in the next paragraph the author would talk about how she would want be extremely late to set for a filming a movie or how changing her hair from dark brunette to white- blonde would be the only way for her to ever be an actress. I find that ridiculous because if Monroe was such and adored woman then why were there no friends, fans, or men rushing to her home when she was getting bad. She put herself in the hospital and the directors have the audacity to yell at Marilyn for being late to her (soon to be last movie! She was only trying to get her life together so that she could please everyone. The media is very hypocritical in the way that they show all the edited version of Monroe's best works but behind the scenes scold and point out the very flaws that she tried to conceal.

Archetypal Criticism

Archetypal criticism plays an enormous role leading up to Monroe's death. During the 1940's the pin-up style where girls posed in bikinis and other skimpy outfits was all the rage. Her looks were the iconic staple that society held its standards to since the 1950s'. Marilyn Monroe her appearance was put on the cover of newspapers and movies; always playing the short curly blonde bimbo with the hourglass figure- that is what she was known for. Her alluring looks and seductive baby blues eyes are what made her the definitive sex symbol that she still is today.
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Feminist Criticism

This article is a depiction of feminist criticism because the media is stereo typing Marilyn as a "damsel in distress" figure and saying that she needs saving. Before she died, Monroe went with frank Sinatra for a weekend and she never knew it at the time but he claimed that he wanted to marry her because he believed that he could 'save her from herself.' This is interesting because author later states that Sinatra did not care for Marilyn and that he left her to die. Another close friend of Frank's adds in the fact that Marilyn was more attached to the Frank than he was to her which also adds to the criticism.