Marilyn Monroe Death

Jaelyn Kinchelow

Background Information

Famous movie star Norma Jeane Mortenson A.K.A Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her Brentwood, Los Angeles home on August 5, 1962. The coroner later justified that the cause was due to an overdose of barbiturates. According to her biography, no one really knows what caused her to do this. There are many possible reasons to her actions. One of those reasons could have to do her rough child life. She never knew her father and her mother Gladys was placed in a mental institution because of her developed psychiatric problems. Growing up, Monroe was sexually assulted on many occasions when when she was forced to stay in foster homes at the age of 7.

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Media Perspective #1

· Even though it was proved that Mortenson’s death was caused by an overdose, many people didn’t believe that. Some of the theories that about her death included accidental murder, overdose, suicide, etc. As far as it being an accidental murder, this was said. “It was all just a tragic accident. Monroe’s death wasn’t the first time she had overdosed”, the U.K.’s Metro reported. “It had happened “many times” before her untimely death”.


Media Perspective #2

· The media also assume that her death was a suicide. Personally reading her story, it sounds like that’s what she was trying to accomplish. She was not only found in her bed, but she was found nude with them pill bottle in her hand. “Miss Monroe has suffered from psychiatric disturbance for a long time. On more than one occasion … when disappointed or depressed, she has made a suicide attempt. On these occasions, she had been rescued. It is our opinion the same pattern was repeated [on August 4] except for the rescue.” By this quote, the coroners believed that it was just another one of those episodes; except she wasn’t saved in time.

Media Bias

In the article below, this shows Bias by Headlines. I'm sure that if I would've read that entire article that my perspective of the event would've changed, but by the article heading, it automatically puts in my mind that she killed herself. Without giving confusion to the story I think they should've just named it "Monroe found dead" not "It looks like suicide".
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Feminist Criticism

Marilyn Monroe was more of a role model when it came to women looking up to her. Even though she was raped at the age of 11 years old, all throughout foster homes, and just having a crazy child hood, she still came out on top. Marilyn was the blonde that men wanted and women wanted to be. She was known to be the world's most biggest enduring sex symbols. She was portrayed as being provocative and not a good role model for the younger ones. Her message was really to show women how strong and powerful they can be through anything.
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Historical Criticism

It wasn't until Norma signed her first movie contract that she called herself Marilyn Monroe; Monroe being her grandmother's middle name. She had dyed her hair blonde to match her image as Marilyn Monroe. From the 1950s on , she was highly known for all the movies she'd played in. It's said that her films grossed more than $200 million. Till this day Marilyn Monroe is still the world's most popular icon of beauty and talent.

Media Bias

In this article, it's more of a foreshadowing action. The title says "This is the last picture" which gives the audience a perspective that someone might kill Marilyn Monroe. Even though this may not be the case, the way they worded the title, makes it seem like something it's not; I'm sure it wasn't intentionally.
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Citations

(Maria Vultaggio, Pg.1, 2015)

"It was all just a tragic accident.." from http://www.ibtimes.com/marilyn-monroe-death-conspiracy-theories-how-did-norma-jean-die-photos-1944669

(Maria Vultaggio, Pg.1, 2015)

"Miss Monroe has suffered.." from http://www.ibtimes.com/marilyn-monroe-death-conspiracy-theories-how-did-norma-jean-die-photos-1944669