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  • Marilyn Monroe
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    When someone mentions Marilyn Monroe, one usually thinks off the seductive all-American sex goddess who captured the world with her woman-childlike charm. Yet not many know her as the illegitimate child who endured a childhood of poverty and misery, sexual abuse, and years in foster home and orphanages. Most people dont realize that her disrupted loveless childhood may been the main reason to her early death. Norma Jeane Bakers father, Edward Mortenson, had deserted her mother, Gladys Baker ne M...
  • Norma Jean For The Mistake
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    Sergeant Mom Mabel Beasley, the Mother of Norma Jean, in Bobbie Ann Mason's 'Shiloh', has all the characteristics of a Marine Drill Sergeant. A Drill Sergeant will inspect living areas for cleanliness, demand everything be in its proper place, maintain strict discipline, and change certain personality or character traits. The Drill Sergeant will force any person, without a strong spirit, to perform acts of defiance against themselves, society, or the object of their tribulations. These Drill Ser...
  • Conflicts With Norma Jean
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    Shiloh There are several elements of literature that can be analyzed when discussing a good short or long story. The elements are plot, characterization, theme, setting, point of view, irony and symbolism. I read the short story Shiloh and have chosen to discuss the plot of this story. This is a great story expressing the way miscommunication in a marriage can tear the marriage apart. This is story is told in the first person by Leroy Moffitt. He is the main character who deals with conflicts wi...
  • Leroy And Norma Jean
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    Norma Jean Mof fit is a simple, southern woman, but she is also a caterpillar who is discovering that there is more to life than crawling around on the ground. She has with-in her, the power to grow wings and fly away; The opportunity to view the world through the eyes of a butterfly. Since Larry's accident, she has come to realize that she has reached a crossroads in her life. If she goes straight on through, complacency and neglect are the only stops ahead. If she veers to either the left or r...
  • Cabin For Norma Jean
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    The Rotting Wood Cabin Bobby Ann Mason's "Shiloh" is the story of a man, a woman, and a deteriorating relationship. The metaphor of the cabin symbolizes their decaying marriage and is used effectively throughout the story. Leroy and Norma Jean have much different views of constructing a log cabin. It's a constant fight between the two, and eventually, Norma Jean out muscles the unintelligent Leroy. Leroy, a simple and na " ive man, notices that his marriage is beginning to fall apart like a deca...
  • Norma Jean And Leroy's Relationship
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    In the story "Shiloh", by Bobbie Ann Mason, characters Leroy and Norma Jean go through changes in their life as each begin to discover what their real identity is, and what it is they actually want out of their marriage. For some people this may take years, and for others they may never realize it, while merely trying to grasp on to the past, or the way they think things should have turned out. In this short story, Mason uses a couple in their thirties to portray people who are experiencing thes...
  • Liberal Norma Jean
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    The days of the barefoot woman forced to stay in the kitchen and bedroom are over. Women's liberation has gained voice in the last century and has emancipated many women, bringing them into the realization that they are not 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 i...
  • Norma Jean Leaves Her Husband Leroy
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    Good bye Norma Jean The death of an infant can modify one's characteristic and psychological behavior to the point of suicide. In Bobbie Ann Mason's 'Shiloh's he leaves the ending of the story for her readers to draw their own conclusion of how Norma Jean leaves her husband Leroy. Most readers see her divorcing Leroy and starting a new life as an independent woman (Cooke 196 par. 1). When in fact, this is a story about a bereaved mother who at the end, takes her own life due to the guilt over he...
  • Tension Between Norma Jean And Leroy
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    Human Nature After reading Bobby Anne Mason's short story, "Shiloh", I discovered her overall purpose for writing it. This essay discusses the overall purpose she used to write "Shiloh", as well as what incites into human nature that she offers us through her characters. This essay will use specific examples from the story to convey Mason's point. The character Leroy, was a victim of a highway accident, and is drastically changing his life style because of it. He made many promises to his wife N...
  • Mason Presents Norma Jean And Leroy
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    Character sketch for Shiloh Character Sketch In Bobbie Ann Mason's story "Shiloh" she presents the character of Norma Jeans having a strong personality but an emptiness deep within. Norma Jean is presented asa 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 and finds...
  • Two Girls Elma Rae And Lornie
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    Severance In the story Severance by Lamb, Penny Ann is a bad person. This story is about two sets of twins who become separated. One set separated by death, the other set by guilt. First, The teachers were less patient with the poor kids than the rest of us. But Penny Ann wasn t just poor, she was bad. The teachers were less patient with the poor kids, but she wasn t just any poor kid, she was a bad kid. Second, Domnick was talking about Penny Ann and said, She stole Calvin Cobb's glass egg and ...
  • Rae Carruth
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    Rae, We Pray for you Murder in the murderer is no such ruinous thought as poets and romancers will have it; it does not unsettle him, or fright him from his ordinary notice of trifles; it is an act quite easy to be contemplated. Ralph Waldo Emerson Is Rae Carruth unsettled Is he bothered Is Carruth in the contemplative mood yet I certainly hope he is. Rae Carruth has taken away a human life. He has violated that certain enjoyment that exists in life. It is what separates the human race, from all...
  • Movie Norma Rae
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    Norma Rae. It is easy to see why the film, Norma Rae, received great praise at the time of its making. Sally Field gives a heart wrenching performance, providing a realistic portrayal of the shockingly oppressive working climate of the blue-collar worker. This is an older movie, thus sustaining the elements of the 'Hollywoodism' that are prominent now to a minimum. Nevertheless, the director successfully portrayed reality through exhibition of a certain culture, language, gender rolling and othe...
  • Norma Rae Changes
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    Norma Rae was seen in many different ways by people. In the beginning Norma's qualities were different than those at the end. Norma Rae changes and it is for the better. One of Norma's bad qualities is that she is dependent on men. As for seen with George. He treats he like a hoe and, gives her no respect. He is very abusive towards her, like when they were in the hotel room and he slapped her across the face. Her father treats her as a little girl. He is always in her business, he is always wan...

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