Death And The Maiden Essay

646 words - 3 pages

“There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” –Oscar Wilde
Death and the Maiden discusses Princess Diana, her media, and her public from the point-of-view of Maureen Dowd. Was Diana the “spendthrift of her own celebrity”? Is the media a market of vultures feeding off of Diana? Does the public actually have any remorse for the Princess? There is no right or wrong answers for these questions because they are merely opinionated.
Whether or not Diana was a victim of celebrity culture or the creator of her own demise is debatable, and even though Dowd thinks the coverage of Diana’s death was awful she felt she brought on a lot of the other attention herself. She implies that Diana’s celebrity led to her making careless, irrational decisions. Dowd states “The Princess of Wales was the queen of surfaces, ruling over a kingdom where fame was the highest value and glamour was the most cherished attribute.” Here she insinuates Diana is superficial and did things on purpose for the fame, she then goes on to say “she rode the Nikon tiger” meaning Diana used the media to be in the limelight.
The media-so heartless-does anything for that five minutes of fame, has no remorse for the grotesque or the private. They have become overly involved in the lives of these celebrity icons. She writes “in Britain there were fifty freelance photographers who virtually lived off Diana, hounding her every move.” In saying “…and Furies swooping down on her with cameras”, Dowd compares them to Greek deities who torment criminals and inflict plagues. Dowd portrays them as perverse when she calls their pictures of Diana dying “scummy” and “pornography”, and as parasitic when she uses words and phrases such as “omnivorous” and “lived off Diana”...

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