Marilyn Monroe Overcoming Obstacles

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Amanda K. Carroll Mr. Martin Fifth Period Computer Essentials 6 April 2015 Marilyn Monroe Overcoming her Obstacles On June 1, 1926, a famous American icon was born. Norma Jeanne Mortenson or more commonly known as Marilyn Monroe, would soon find out she would single handedly change the filming business and create a cultural impact on the American civilization that would forever last. She was an actress, singer, dancer, and model. She was also a sex symbol during the time of the 1950’s and early 1960’s (Wikipedia). Though her fame may seem sweet she was presented with life scaring challenges that no person should ever endure. Marilyn Monroe had to overcome many obstacles from the day she was born, which sadly in the end was all too…show more content…
Her childhood was corrupted with events such as her mother trying to kill her by holding a pillow to her face while she was in her crib. Also, at a very early age she was sexually assaulted and claimed she had been raped at the age of 11 (A&E Televisoon Networks, LLC). Marilyn also stayed in foster care and orphanages during her childhood as well. A family friend of Marilyn’s parents agreed to take care of her for a few years, her mother paid the Goddard’s twenty five dollars a week for taking care of Marilyn (A&E Televisoon Networks, LLC). Even though her childhood was rough and had a deep impact on her, there was a light at the end of the tunnel when she was around the age of 16. When she started work at a munitions factory in California, where there she was noticed by a photographer (A&E Televisoon Networks, LLC).This launched her career in modeling which paved the way to her becoming famous. A famous quote from Marilyn Monroe was, “Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together” (Goodreads), this quote is a perfect representation of how even though she had to overcome the obstacles of her childhood, in the end if those bad events had never happened what she turned into in the end would never…show more content…
She wanted to be more than this and wanted to show the world who she really was. She was actually a very intelligent girl and believed that pretty women like her should not just be a pretty thing for men to look at, they should be treated as equals and always respected. Gloria Steinman writes, “Most important, would she finally have escaped her lifetime combination of two parts talent, one part victim, and one part joke? Would she have been “taken seriously,” as she so badly wanted to be?” (Steinman). She hated be just known as the “dumb blonde” role in the movie or the blonde girl that is something all men look at. She wanted to be more. To overcome this obstacle she took action and shard how really intelligent she was and changed her roles in

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