Based on our reading "Marilyn Monroe: Funny Blonde," how would you describe Marilyn Monroe the comedian? On whom did she model her screen persona?
How does Monroe's upbringing/backstory compare to other comedians we've studied like Chaplin, Keaton, the Marx brothers, and Grant?
What does the author mean that "Monroe was a product of her era" and a "symbol of America's sexual awakening"?
What was Monroe apparently like on set?
A ccording to Christopher Beach's "Desperately Seeking Status," how does the rapid growth of the American middle-class affect the representation of social class in 1950s film comedies? And women's roles in the same?
How is this exhibited in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks, 1953)?
After skimming "Pre-Texts and Text in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," have your conclusions about Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as a feminist text changed at all?
With what parts of Arbuthnot's and Seneca's argument do you agree? Disagree?