Norma Jean Moffit is a major character in Bobbie Ann Mason's "Shilo" who undergoes a profound, yet subtle change. She had to marry at the age of eighteen to the man who got her pregnant, and in a cruel twist of fate, the child dies suddenly of crib death. Now at the age of 34, she is ready to have the life she feels she always should have had, however she is stuck in a loveless marriage to a man whose interests are the opposite of hers. Her decision to leave her husband, Leroy, at the end of the story seemed a long time in coming, and various aspects of her character revealed that desire. These aspects of her character were her devotion to self-improvement, her inability to communicate with her husband, and her apparent unhappiness that Leroy has returned home for good.
From the very beginning of the story, Norma Jean is portrayed as a woman continuously trying to better herself. She takes the opportunity of Leroy's rehabilitation from his accident to start bodybuilding. After the body building class is over, she takes a comp...
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- In Bobbie Ann Mason’s “Shiloh”, after Leroy’s accident in his truck, the pleasant illusion that he is in a perfectly functioning marriage is shattered leaving the reality that he and Norma Jean have ongoing issues that have been hidden and ignored for the majority of their marriage. The log cabin he never builds, the couple’s new hobbies, the baby they lost, the dust ruffle Mabel makes for them, and the trip they take to Shiloh ultimately cause Norma Jean to decide to leave Leroy. “Shiloh” is laden with symbols for the state of Norma Jean and Leroy’s marriage, and each situation introduced since Leroy’s accident forces them to look at how little they know about each other.... [tags: Bobbie Ann Mason]
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- Introduction Norma Rae is a film that was produced in 1979, that was based on the real life story of Crystal Lee Sutton and her efforts to start a union for the textile workers at the J.P. Stevens Company located in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. Sally Field plays the role of Norma Rae (Sutton) who works with union organizer Ruben Warshovsky, played by Ron Leibman, to help fight the poor working conditions at the O.P. Henley Company in 1978 (Norma Rae, n.d.). Norma Rae works at the factory along with her mother and father, and is employed as a loom operator in the weaving room.... [tags: Trade union, Norma Rae]
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