The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe by J. Randy Taraborrelli
In the novel, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, I acquired much new information. Primarily, vocabulary was challenging and required me to read more closely. For example, I learned idiosyncrasy is the characteristic or manner that is peculiar to an individual. Also, congenital means to have a specific character by nature. In addition, facts about historical people were mentioned in the book. For instance, John F. Kennedy had birthday at Madison Square Garden in New York where many stars performed for him. Then, I learned about Marilyn Monroe and how her real name was Norma Jeane. Lastly, the most shocking information I found was about Marilyn Monroe having a miscarriage. This fact stood out the most, because I had never heard about it. Overall, the book was a great read, since it increased my knowledge with interesting facts. II.
“'There was no place for lines in her face with that kind of persona. Let's face it, we all want to look nice when we go to a party, but imagine every person you meet inspecting every inch of you, judging you on your appearance only? Does she have a freckles? Is she tired? Is she thin? Is she really that beautiful? Marilyn had to face that kind of scrutiny every day, with every person who faced her. She knew what her major attraction was.'”
This is a powerful quote from the novel, because it summarizes one of the many inner conflicts that Marilyn had to face. It also explains precisely the feelings Marilyn felt. The last line, “She knew what her attraction was.”, is a sad yet true line that shows how Marilyn knew beauty alone made her famous. Overall, the quote gives readers a deeper understanding of her inner conflicts. III.
In novel there are many figurative devices that are used profusely. Imagery and conflict are two examples. For instance, imagery is used in the quote “Ida and Wayne called the police. When they came, they found a very mixed up Della babbling...
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