Homework Help

In the short story Shiloh, What does Shiloh symbolize to Mabel?

kstinnett's profile pic

Posted via web

dislike 1 like

In the short story Shiloh, What does Shiloh symbolize to Mabel?

1 Answer | Add Yours

lentzk's profile pic

Posted (Answer #1)

dislike 1 like

In the short story "Shiloh" by Bobbie Ann Mason, Mabel Beasley is Leroy's pragmatic and often critical mother-in-law.  Even though it seems as if Mabel does not approve of Leroy, she still wants to help her daughter save her troubled marriage.  She encourages the young couple to take a trip to Shiloh, a famous Civil War battlefield, because she went there on her honeymoon.

For Mabel Beasley, Shiloh represents a romantic getaway, a chance for them to leave their problems behind, if only temporarily, so they can focus on each other and their marriage.  Mabel hopes that Shiloh will be an opportunity for her daughter and son-in-law to improve their marriage.  

Sources:

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes