Identify key components of this biography on Marilyn Monroe. The link to the biography; http://www.ellensplace.net/mmbio3.html [eNotes limits the number of questions and elements for analysis that...

Identify key components of this biography on Marilyn Monroe.

The link to the biography;

http://www.ellensplace.net/mmbio3.html

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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One of the most critical elements of this biography of Monroe was the use of primary source quotes from Monroe herself.  As the biography advances, Monroe's quotes operate well as they seek to enhance more of the character and person that Monroe was becoming and represented.  One sees the unusual tendency to see only the good in people in the quotes featured.  The quotes about her first foster family, or the marriage to Arthur Miller, to why she had to pursue a career in films in the first place all offer insight into Monroe.  This component enables the biographical sketch to take on a new form, one that is more personalized and enables the reader to better know the subject.  Another element of the biography would come at the end of it when it directly states that Monroe's death was not the commonly accepted notion of suicide.  It is a key component because of its statement.  Yet, it is also a key component because it is not substantiated with much in way of detail and analysis.  The ending allows an aspect of revisionist history to enter her own biography without much in way of support and I think that this component takes a bit away from the biographic analysis.

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