Marilyn Oates Three Girls Analysis
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The three girls had a struggle with their identity. The two girl poets did not want to be seen as foolish, simple-minded girls, but intelligent girls who shared a love for books or what they would call “treasures” (92). While the two girl poets stalked Marilyn Monroe they found that she too shared a love for books as well. Marilyn Monroe “wiped her nose on the edge of her hand” (93) as she was reading poetry. The reader can interpret that Marilyn Monroe is deeply immersed in what she was reading. It can be seen as a surprise because hardly anyone would believe that blonde sex-symbol would be in a book store. Marilyn Monroe, perhaps, was an intelligent young woman that was suppressed by the image Hollywood branded her with. One may find it very hypocritical when the girl poets fell for the “silly clichés of Hollywood romance” (93), expecting a man to accompany Marilyn Monroe in Strand Used Books. The girl poets appeared to follow the Hollywood propaganda surrounding Marilyn Monroe and forgetting that Marilyn Monroe possessed an identity of her own apart from Hollywood.
Society plays a major role in “Three Girls”. Society is seen as the villain in this story because it somehow suppresses the three girl’s fullest potential and their truest selves. The three girls, seemingly, cannot express themselves because society is not prepared for such a feat. It can be assumed that the three girls return to