Bobbie Ann Mason Essays

  • Shiloh by Bobbie Ann Mason

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    Shiloh by Bobbie Ann Mason In the short story titled "Shiloh", Bobbie Ann Mason does an extremely effective job of getting her message across. This story is about a couple that gets married a young age that probably was not ready to be married. They experience a series of events, which shape them and determined there future. The author in this story does a fabulous job because this story was easy to read and understand. "Shiloh" was written in 1982 so the story plot isn't old and hard to grasp

  • The Struggle in Shiloh by Bobbie Ann Mason

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    the short story, “Shiloh” by Bobbie Ann Mason, are a married couple, and they experience a series of events, which shapes them and determines there future. The final setting, Shiloh, works well to highlight the battles of war to the battles between Norma Jean and Leroy. Throughout the story Mason is focused on the persistency of grief, the instability of gender roles, along with the distance and lack of communication separating Leroy and Norma Jean from each other. Mason illustrates how marriage can

  • Shiloh by Bobbie Ann Mason

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    The setting in the short story “Shiloh” by Bobbie Ann Mason works well to accentuate the theme of the story. The theme portrayed by Mason is that most people change along with their environment, with the exception of the few who are unwilling to adapt making it difficult for things such as marriage to work out successfully. These difficulties are apparent in Norma Jean and Leroy’s marriage. As Norma Jean advances herself, their marriage ultimately collapses due to Leroy’s unwillingness to adapt with

  • Shiloh by Bobbie Ann Mason

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    Shiloh by Bobbie Ann Mason Character Sketch In Bobbie Ann Mason’s story “Shiloh” she presents the character of Norma Jean as having a strong personality but an emptiness deep within. Norma Jean is presented as a strong character on the outside in the opening of the story. “She lifts three-pound dumbbells to warm-up, the progresses to a twenty-pound barbell.”(Mason p. 46). However as the story progresses she exhibits the emptiness which she feels. “One day Leroy arrives home from a drive

  • Shiloh By Bobbie Ann Mason

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    The analysis of Norma Jean in the short story Shiloh written by Bobbie Ann Mason. The short story is taken place in the mid to late 1900s. This story talks about a marriage falling apart. All the heartache and growing pains the couple must face. In the story, the women Norma Jean strength and courage is inspiring to me. The couple is switching gender roles in the process their marriage is falling into pieces. Norma Jean is a strong, independent, faithful women while her husband Leroy leans on her

  • Clear Springs, By Bobbie Ann Mason

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    The book Clear Springs is about Bobbie Ann Mason’s life growing up in the south after World War II and the changes within her family. Raised in Clear Springs, Kentucky, Mason and her family face many of the same changes economically and culturally experienced by family’s in the south during and after World War II. Changes in women’s roles, popular culture, and population effected every member of Mason’s family. Prior to World War II women were expected to be housewives by cleaning, cooking, and taking

  • Analysis Of Shiloh By Bobbie Ann Mason

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    “Shiloh” by Bobbie Ann Mason: The clues to a broken marriage Within the story “Shiloh” [Bobbie Ann Mason] there were many components that presented itself to prove that the Moffitt’s marriage was failing. Each character showed themselves in ways that seemed to give Leroy’s wife a discomfort at being in her own home such as Leroy persistently offering to give her a log house, yet failed to be on her side for many things such as dealing with her mother. Furthermore, the couple fails to acknowledge

  • Analysis Of Shiloh By Bobbie Ann Mason

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    Bobbie Ann Mason is an American writer and novelist. She wrote many short stories and novels. She won many awards and recognition for all her hard work, including in 2016, Mason was the second living author inducted in the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame. In her short story, “Shiloh,” Mason uses many building blocks of fiction. In this journal entry, I am going to talk about theme, symbol and motif throughout the story. I will show how Mason uses these building blocks to create a meaningful story

  • Analysis Of Shiloh By Bobbie Ann Mason

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    In Shiloh, written by Bobbie Ann Mason, Leroy noticed goldfinches flying outside his window. They dipped and fell then opened the wings to stabilize themselves.When birds learn how to fly for the first time, they experience a new sense of freedom. They leave their dirty nests behind a take to the skies to explore and roam free. This freedom is exactly what Norma Jean longs for. Sadly, she believes that she is trapped with no way out. Unfortunately, her mother caught her in the act of smoking and

  • Shiloh Bobbie Ann Mason Analysis

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    takes the commitment of both spouses to have a satisfied marriage. In the 1900's men and women have a specific set of norms that were appropriate for their gender that they needed to set their standards to in order to have a successful marriage. In Bobbie Ann Mason's short story "Shiloh", we have a couple that have completely switched their roles. Although, some readers might believe that the loss of Norma Jean and Leroy's child to be the reason of their  lack of commitment in the marriage, the instability

  • Analysis Of Shiloh By Bobbie Ann Mason

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    Bobbie Ann Mason is an author of an abundance of short stories and has become quite famous for her work and is known as “a full-fledged master of the short story.’ As the readers of her stories get deeper in her short stories she reveals a way of thinking that allows the readers to become more attracted to her stories, making them think about the different aspects of life she is talking about. Masons writing has the ability to have each reader take a look at their own life in comparison to what they

  • Analysis Of Shiloh By Bobbie Ann Mason

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    Whenever a couple gets married certain vows and promises are made to one another at the altar to have a proper union. But, many times the promises you made to one another are broken. Shiloh, by Bobbie Ann Mason, is a prime example. In the story, we have the two main characters, Leroy and Norma Jean Moffitt. Mrs. Moffitt was impregnated out of wedlock at the early age of 18.. Due to this incident, Norma Jean married Leroy. Unwillingly she was forced into the life of a housewife and momentary mother

  • Analysis Of Shiloh By Bobbie Ann Mason

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    "Shiloh" by Bobbie Ann Mason is about a man named Leroy and his wife Norma who struggle to stay together as a result of tragedies that occurred in their lives. Leroy is at home for the first time in a while because he got in a truck driving accident. Prior to this he was gone for years at a time always on the road working as a truck driver. Leroy's presence in the house bothers Norma because it reminds her of their baby that died. Throughout the story Norma is doing things to improve herself while

  • Analysis Of Shiloh By Bobbie Ann Mason

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    “Shiloh” by Bobbie Ann Mason “Shiloh is a Civil War Battleground where more than twenty-three thousand troops from the North and South fought in April 1862 and most of them died” (Mason, 364). “Shiloh” by Bobbie Ann Mason was used as a reference place for the couples Leroy and Norma Jean to re-ignite their marriage, but their problems were deeper than visiting a historic site. Out of touch with each other because of misfortunes, they find ways to tolerate each other to keep their marriage going

  • Analysis Of Shiloh By Bobbie Ann Mason

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    Peyton McDaniel English 102-04 Ms. Cochran Essay #1 “The Irretrievable Breakdown of the Moffitt’s Marriage” “Shiloh” is a short story written by Bobbie Ann Mason. It is about a man named Leroy Moffitt and his wife, Norma Jean. The couple have been married for sixteen years but Leroy has been absent throughout the majority of their marriage. He has been home a few months on temporary disability due to an injury he incurred in an accident while working as a truck driver. Since he has been home, Leroy

  • Bobbie Ann Mason's Shiloh

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    Bobbie Ann Mason's Shiloh In the story "Shiloh" by Bobbie Ann Mason, The reader gets different points of view and different feelings about the characters and the story. In this story the narrator explains how time and distance can create a gap between two people. It also talks about how naïve Leroy really is and also how self-centered he is. It allows the reader to understand that sometimes in doing something good people could be doing something that hurts others. This story reveals to the

  • In Country Bobbie Ann Mason Essay

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    “In Country” by Bobbie Ann Mason is a story of a teenage girl, named Sam, who had lost her father in Vietnam before she was born, struggles with finding her identity. Sam takes care of her uncle, as her mother leaves to start a new life in Lexington, a few hours away from Hopewell, Kentucky. Sam believes her mother is wrong on leaving Emmett, a mentally ill veteran to fend for himself. Sam lets her mother leave and stays behind to look after him. The two of them have a unique bond. Though the pair

  • Analysis Of SILOH By Bobbie Ann Mason

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    “SHILOH” by Bobbie Ann Mason is a short two about a couple going through a rough patch in their marriage. Leroy and Norma Jean got married. They had a child which died from sudden infant death syndrome. Years later, Leroy, a truck driver has automobile accident. With a severe injury he is forced to stay at home. As Leroy is home he ponders the idea of building him and his wife a log cabin. The wife, Norma Jean doesn’t enjoy Leroy being home. She becomes interested in bodybuilding and takes classes

  • Women's Liberation Movement as Seen In Shiloh and The Astronomers Wife

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    subservient to men. As this thought process becomes more widely spread, more and more women are seeing the truth of it. In the short stories Shiloh and The Astronomer’s Wife this theme of realization and liberation is dominant. In the story Shiloh by Bobbie Ann Mason we are introduced to Norma Jean. She is a wife to an injured trucker named Leroy. Our first glimpse at Norma Jean is of her working out. “Leroy Moffitt’s wife, Norma Jean, is working on her pectorals. She lifts three-pound dumbbells to warm up

  • Comparison Of Bobbie Ann Mason And Sherman Alexie

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    Traces of Similarities among Different Worlds Bobbie Ann Mason and Sherman Alexie are two modern authors who write about their different childhood experiences and their hopes and desires for futures outside of the customs they were accustomed to. In her 1999 excerpt “Being Country” from her book Clear Springs: A Memoir, author and essayist Mason describes her childhood on a farm in rural Kentucky. Despite her childhood being pleasant, she rebelled against the simplistic confines that type of lifestyle