Definition of tragic: causing or characterized by extreme distress or sorrow.
*Trigger Warning: Topics discussed that may negatively affect some*
Right after typing "Marilyn Monroe" into any search engine, you will without a doubt find an article, video, or 'documentary' that claims Marilyn Monroe lived a tragic life. Or in other words, according to the definition of tragic, a life "causing or characterized by extreme distress or sorrow."
In this article we will be discussing prominent events in Marilyn's life and concluding the question- did Marilyn Monroe truly lead a tragic life?
"I never minded coming 'last' in these families except on Saturday nights when everybody took a bath. Water cost money, and changing the water in the tub was an unheard of extravagance. The whole family used the same tub of water. And I was always the last one in."
At one of the foster homes that Marilyn lived at for a period of time as child, she was sexually assaulted. Despite telling her foster parent about what had happened, she was told that there was no way that was the case - simply failing to believe Norma Jeane.
As there were the many terrible, cruel (there are not enough words to describe what this must have been like) -and tragic - things that happened to young Norma Jeane, that doesn't automatically mean that her whole life was tragic.
In Marilyn's adult life, she would deal with depression, miscarriages, and divorces, among other things. But because Marilyn experienced these things, does not at all mean her whole life was nothing but sadness, sorrow, and grief.
Your past and poor experiences do not define you or your life-and the same goes for Marilyn. Did Marilyn live through some horrendous things? Certainly. But does that make her life tragic? NO.
Some of the awful things Marilyn went through should under no circumstances outweigh the wonderful things Marilyn experienced and worked hard for. Such as:
The list goes on!
Unfortunately (most of) the media chooses to turn their attention away from these things and focus simply on Marilyn's 'scandals' and her 'tragic' life. Marilyn's life was not - whatsoever - tragic. Her life made a bigger difference than anyone will ever know. Marilyn took the deal of cards she was given and made a beautiful life that would touch so many people even after her passing. No one's life is perfect- and Marilyn's was no exception, but it was what she did with it that makes her so wonderful.
I hope you have a lovely day!
And as always, hold a good thought for Marilyn! <3
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