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Transcript of Marilyn Monroe
"Marilyn's Last Words" by Matthew Smith
"Imperfection is beauty. Madness is genius. It's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."
1. In what ways was her life remarkable?
9. Did this person make any major mistakes or bad decisions? If so, what were they and how would you have chosen to act differently if you were in her shoes?
8. Which quality or trait was most beneficial? Why?
Monroe's eventful life consisted of movie opportunities, scandalous affairs with politicians, and a so called "suicide". Marilyn Monroe didn't hold back, she showed the world her true colors. When she would walk into the room, her presence was known. She wasn't just an actor with a pretty face, she was a woman that earned her wings with ambition. "Well behaved women rarely make history." -Marilyn Monroe
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2. In what ways was her life none too pleasant?
Monroe went through great struggles and difficulties trying to overcome the cruel critics and judgemental people that came with her fame. Having to be "perfect" can take a immense toll on your mental state. With someone watching you on a daily basis, you can start to be overwhelmed by the vast requests and expectations of both those you look up to and those that look up you. "Being a sex symbol is a heavy load to carry, especially when one is tired, hurt and bewildered." -Marilyn Monroe
4. What are some major events that were important in this person's life?
Monroe's casual and nonchalant way of life would probably be her most beneficial quality. Some admired her for her careless behavior, others hated her for it because they couldn't live the same. Nevertheless, she continued to prosper and live day by day. She was a wild and venturous character. She was the one woman wished they could be and the one men wished to be with. "Nothing lasts forever, So live it up, drink it down, laugh it off, avoid the drama, takes chances and never have regrets because at one point everything you did was exactly what you wanted." -Marilyn Monroe
3. In what ways was her life admirable?
Marilyn Monroe's life was admirable in the context that she was an actor along with being a model. Having had close relations with the president and his family, Monroe was further privileged to take part in the world of politics. Although, she was she indulged in the Hollywood life, she didn't let the world around her go to her head. She humbled herself and lived in a three-bedroom house that resembled a Mexican hacienda.
Some lessons that can come be learned from the spontaneous life of Marilyn Monroe is to not let the thoughts of others become your thoughts on yourself, don't deny the heart but follow it, and live everyday like it's your last. A young person would look at Monroe with adoration that she can take such risk to be herself and achieve her goals. People would learn that life isn't about fretting the little stuff but making your dreams a reality. "We should all start to live before we get too old, Fear is stupid, So are regrets." -Marilyn Monroe
6. What human qualities (characteristics) were most influential in shaping the way this person lived and influenced her times?
Monroe's headstrong behavior and ability to follow her heart completely and entirely no matter the circumstance influenced others to try to reach the best potential form of themselves and not let anyone or anything stand in the way. "I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best." Monroe embraced who she was and although she appeared to be reckless at times, there was always that strange appeal that you wished you could have-to live carelessly.
7. Which quality or trait proved most troubling and difficult? Why?
Monroe's most troubling trait would have to be her insecurity and her need of affection and love. Numerous times Monroe appears foolish for pouring her heart out when she was nothing but a mistress of the sort. Not knowingly she set's herself up to be taken advantage of, when all she's craving is superior love. "I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love." -Marilyn Monroe
5. Is there any family member of friend who helped shape this person's life when they were young?
Grace McKee, a family friend, shaped Monroe to be the independent woman she grew up to be. Through hardships involving her mother's mental depression, McKee was Monroe's safe haven. McKee would tell her, "You're going to be a beautiful girl when you get big...an important woman, a movie star." McKee was the most stable female figure Monroe had, and she idolized her for that. We have but McKee to thank for the wild and passionate Marilyn Monroe that left a mark on the lives of so many. "A smart woman kisses but doesn't love, leaves before she is left and forgets before she is forgotten." -Marilyn Monroe
10. What are the two or three most important lessons you or any other young person might learn from the way this person lived?
11. An older person or mentor is often very important in shaping the lives of gifted people by providing guidance and encouragement. To what extent might this be true of your person? Explain.
Monroe admired Jean Harlow, a superstar of her time for her real mentor, Grace McKee glorified such a woman. Having been inspired, Monroe too exhilarated others. Although, some might look at Monroe and commend her on her beauty, but others look at her accomplishments. She overcame the hateful and brutal judgements of those who viewed her and defied the odds of making it big. "It's better to be HATED for what you are than to be LOVED for what you are not." -Marilyn Monroe
12. Many people act out a "code" or a set of beliefs, which indicate choices. It may be religion or politics or a personal philosophy. To what extent did your person act by a code or act independently of any set of beliefs? Were there times when the code was challenged and impossible to follow?
Marilyn Monroe rode life like a roller coaster, she took every turn once it came and never skipped ahead. At times, such as her affair with John F. Kennedy, she made herself look vulnerable and easy when boasting about her infamous incident with the president. However, Hollywood looked at Monroe for either being "perfect", or a "sex symbol" which can be a difficult task to play for any actress. "Hollywood is a place where they will pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul." -Marilyn Monroe
Monroe's most fatal decision would most likely have been getting involved with married men, especially two whom are brothers. To make matters worse, these affairs were made public to the world. Monroe, having chose both Robert F. Kennedy, senator of New York, and John F. Kennedy, the president of the United States, had all eyes and critics evaluating her every move. Have I had been Monroe, I never would have considered a married man, nevertheless two of them.
Marilyn Monroe's life was remarkable in the ways of fame and living life to its fullest. Monroe had not only overcome the laborious and demanding job of starting an acting and modeling career, but she became successful without losing herself along the way. Tremendous hard work, sacrifice, and stamina, pulled her through to be a woman she is proud of. "Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world." -Marilyn Monroe