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The Death of Marilyn Monroe - Choose a poem, which forces you to face up to an unpleasant truth. Show how the poet achieves this effect. You must refer to at least two of: theme; word choice; or any other appropriate feature.

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The Death of Marilyn Monroe Choose a poem, which forces you to face up to an unpleasant truth. Show hot the poet achieves this effect. You must refer to at least two of: theme; word choice; or any other appropriate feature. _____________________________________________________________ In the world today, we, the public, spend so much time admiring stars from Hollywood and many of us want to be like them. Yet, there is so much pressure placed on them, and some times this becomes all to much for them to cope with and they end up taking away their live. This is the unpleasant and tragic side of being famous as we are all made to believe that fame will make you happy. Edwin Morgan brings this theme into focus in the poem 'The Death of Marilyn Monroe'. He looks at how such a beautiful and worldwide icons such as Marilyn Monroe felt that to get rid of all the pressure that is associated with fame, she needed to commit suicide, which is the unpleasant truth, we the reader have to face while reading this poem. Edwin Morgan looks at this through the exceptional use of personification, symbolism and imagery. This was put to good use as it help me to create an image in my mind about how fame isn't all that it is hyped up to be and that it allows the reader to see the darker side of fame. ...read more.


Morgan then goes onto say she was "crumpled". This means that she was broken and that she full of depression and isolation from others that she had no chance of escaping the great pressure she was under. Edwin Morgan shows the darker side of fame through the use of personification. Everyone around the world is guilty of worshipping the rich and famous and believing that by achieving fame, we will all become happy because of it. Unfortunately, this isn't the case, as the reality is film stars and other famous people become depressed. They only put up an act to show that they are in control of their lives, even through they aren't. This was the case for Monroe, as she had no privacy, she was under pressure to be something that she wasn't. She felt that to regain some sort of control over her live again, the only way was by taking her life away. This was all because of the demands of the film industry and being a huge film star. "That Death should seem the only protector. That all arms should have faded, and the great cameras and lights become an inquisition and a torment" 'Death' is personified and by giving it a capital letter, it seemed to Monroe that Death was a person. ...read more.


The writer shows the real idea of the American Dream and shows that there is a darker side to it. The writer shows that the way that Monroe died was a tragic end to a excellent career. The writer shows the reader how troubled her life was and how throughout her life she lacked love and privacy until her dying day. " A method of dying, we are shaken, we see it, Strasberg!" Monroe's death was seen as a drama production and it was fitting that it was her final act. Her death had deeply touched many people worldwide as they were 'shaken'. They felt that Monroe was part of their family and that the film industry will never be the same without her. Marilyn Monroe had the whole world at her feet, as she was rich and famous. Yet, fame has a darker side. Which makes you depressed and isolated. Fame is like a curse for many famous people and many people end up taking their lives such as Monroe. This gives the reader an insight of what fame is really like and what it gives you. Not money, but isolation and depression. In the end, being rich and famous only makes you unhappy, unlike what the American Dream tells us. Edwin Morgan is showing the reader the darker, more real side of fame. What we are told it is, but that is could end up taking your live away. Which is the price of being famous, that no one should pay. ...read more.

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