How are these two biographies on Marilyn Monroe contrasted? Links are in the description.FIRST BIOGRAPHY: (Part 1) (Part...

How are these two biographies on Marilyn Monroe contrasted? Links are in the description.

FIRST BIOGRAPHY: (Part 1) (Part 2)




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The main difference between the two biographies is the use of first person quotations from Marilyn Monroe herself in one but not the other.

The biography is more personal, and focuses on Monroe as a person.  While both biographies mention Monroe’s mother’s mental illness and her series of foster homes, the ellensplace biography really captures Monroe’s feelings and gives you a window into her soul and life at the time.

"They were terribly strict...they didn't mean any was their religion. They brought me up harshly." (

The biography is much less specific.  It does not contain the first person perspective.

Norma Jeane spent most of her childhood in foster homes and orphanages until 1937… (

From this perspective, all we know is that young Monroe grew up in foster homes.  We do not get the perspective of what her life was like.  We can imagine, but we do not have the details.  In the former article with the quote from Monroe, we have the details.  We know that life was difficult with Monroe’s foster parents because they treated her “harshly” but we also know that she did not blame them because “they didn’t mean any harm.”

Ultimately, it is good to get information from several sources when researching a person’s life.  As you can see, each biography focuses on different details.  The ellensplace biography tells us how Monroe felt about the events in her life, where the article simply reports them.  In the first we get a view into who Monroe really was, not just about the facts. 

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