EXERCISE Song Girls #4: Norma Jean

Discussion in 'DEVELOPING CHARACTERS & CULTURES' started by Minibit, Apr 16, 2015.

  1. This one's a little trickier! Your task is to design an original character based off of the woman described in Elton John's "Goodbye Norma Jean/Candle in the Wind". This song was written about Marilyn Monroe, who is referenced directly in the lyrics, so you might also look up some stuff about her for inspiration :3


    lyrics (open)

    Goodbye Norma Jean
    Though I never knew you at all
    You had the grace to hold yourself
    While those around you crawled

    They crawled out of the woodwork
    And they whispered into your brain
    They set you on the treadmill
    And they made you change your name

    And it seems to me you lived your life
    Like a candle in the wind
    Never knowing who to cling to
    When the rain set in

    And I would have liked to have known you
    But I was just a kid
    Your candle burned out long before
    Your legend ever did

    Loneliness was tough
    The toughest role you ever played
    Hollywood created a superstar
    And pain was the price you paid

    Even when you died
    Oh, the press still hounded you
    All the papers had to say
    Was that Marilyn was found in the nude

    Goodbye Norma Jean
    From the young man in the 22nd row
    Who sees you as something as more than sexual
    More than just our Marilyn Monroe


    Here's the Basic Character Template, but feel free to write your own, skip parts, or just freewrite!
    GENERAL CHARACTER STATISTICS

    Character Name:
    Gender:
    Species/Race:
    Age:
    Birthplace/World:
    Occupation/School/Grade:
    More:

    PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

    General Appearance:
    Strengths:
    Weaknesses:
    More:

    MENTAL CHARACTERISTICS

    Current Goal/Purpose:
    Talents:
    Inabilities:
    Fears:
    General Personality:
    Inner Personality:
    Secret:
    More:

    HISTORIC BACKGROUND

    General History:

    Present Life: